MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As former Vice President Joe Biden closed into 270 Electoral College votes, his running mate Senator Kamala Harris has broken another barrier.
Senator Harris will not only be the first woman Vice President but the first woman of color to serve in the nation’s second-highest office as well.
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“It is black girl magic, and it’s black excellence,” said Victoria Vann. “We’ve been the backbone, but we’ve been beat down in a lot ways so having her come to represent what really black girl magic is because we all don’t fit the stereotypes. We’re so far from that to see her doing it and representing in such a polished and professional way.”
Harris follows the footsteps of trailblazers like Shirley Chisholm who was the first African American woman in Congress in 1968.
Dr. Trimiko Melancon at Rhodes College said Harris' historic run represents major progress in American politics.
“I think it part of it is the us is recognizing as a nation the role, the very fundamental and foundational role that black women have always played and women of color as well within our politics and civic duty,” said Melancon.
This year, a record number of women of color ran for Congress. If Harris becomes vice president, Melancon said her legacy could open even more doors for generations to come.
“It really is going to be a transformative moment and I think that will speak volumes to where we are as a nation but also to the potential for the future of the nation especially as we think of women and women of color playing some sort of role in terms of politics,” Melancon said.
It’s an inspiration that Vann believed will trickle down to women of all ages.
“It makes you want to say you know what maybe I can, maybe I will raise my hand for that seat and jump in the game and see what happens,” said Vann.