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Harris pays tribute to Black women in 1st speech as VP-elect

Kamala Harris
Posted at 10:27 PM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 22:27:45-05

Vice president-elect Kamala Harris is paying tribute to Black women who “so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy.”

Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, is the first woman to be elected to the vice presidency.

Harris noted her ascension to the role comes 100 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified and 55 years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act, which expanded who could participate in American democracy.

She praised Joe Biden for having “the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exist in our country” by selecting a woman as his running mate.

“Every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a county of possibilities,” Harris said. "While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last."

The remarks were some of the most direct she has delivered about her history-making role as Biden’s running mate.