Kamala Harris entered the White House grounds as the nation’s first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president will resonate across the globe.
“For little Black girls around the world, today means so much to watch her walk in with the swag, watch her walk in with the dignity, to hear [reporters] say ‘Madam vice president,’ it just means so much,” said CNN Political Commentor Bakari Sellers, as Harris made her way from Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House grounds with her family.
“Today she stands on the shoulders of Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Shirley Chisholm and she stands on the shoulders of Hillary Clinton and she has shattered so many glass ceilings that and even if you didn’t vote for her or support her, this is her story that we’re watching,” he continued.
“Today is just an awesome day,” he added. “I hope and I know my wife is sitting at home watching with our two girls balling at the history that’s being made with Kamala Devi Harris.”
Kamala Harris took the oath of office, and is officially the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president. She is also the first graduate of a historically Black college and the first member of a Black sorority to do so. She was sworn in by Supreme Court Latina Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Harris often quotes her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, in speeches. A popular refrain she attributes to her mother: “You may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.”
At the start of the ceremony, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said of Harris, “When she takes the oath of office, little girls and boys across the world will know that anything and everything is possible. And in the end, that is America.”
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