Kamala Harris' Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Celebrates 'New Face Of Political Power'
Written by Black Voices on November 9, 2020
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is celebrating Kamala Harris, one among its members, for her historic election as the following vice chairman of america.
The vice president-elect joined the traditionally Black group throughout her time at Howard College, a traditionally Black college. The daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Harris is the primary Black lady, South Asian American and HBCU graduate to be elected vice chairman within the U.S.
“We name her sister, and now the nation calls her Madam Vice President!” learn a assertion from the sorority’s official Twitter account on Saturday. “Congratulations to America’s first feminine, first Black, and first South Asian vice president-elect Kamala Harris. You characterize the brand new face of political energy and proceed to be a barrier-breaker.”
Harris studied political science and economics at Howard and joined the sorority throughout her senior 12 months, within the spring of 1986. Based in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha is the nation’s oldest Black sorority and is a part of the Divine 9 – 9 Greek-lettered Black sororities and fraternities which have been energetic in social causes, service and activism since their inception.
Elaine Witter, one among Harris’ sorority sisters and faculty pals, described the vice president-elect to The Washington Publish in August as “the one who would come into the room and she or he would say, ‘what must be accomplished?’”
“She was very task-oriented, very targeted and she or he wasn’t afraid to work arduous,” Witter added.
Lorri Saddler, additionally a sorority sister of Harris, beforehand advised HuffPost that Harris had continued to be a supportive sister within the sorority and that her run for vice chairman has helped put the importance and historical past of HBCUs and the Divine 9 within the nationwide highlight.
In her memoir, “The Truths We Maintain: An American Journey,” Harris mirrored on her time at Howard, writing that college students felt empowered that “they might be something.”
“That we had been younger, gifted, and black, and we shouldn’t let something get in the way in which of our success,” she wrote.
The Divine 9 organizations launched statements on Twitter celebrating Harris after Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the U.S.
The official Twitter account for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., launched a press release celebrating Harris’ win whereas acknowledging the Black girls who organized to assist get Biden and Harris elected.
“Black girls organized and undeniably helped to drive and steer voters’ consciousness towards the joyful hope and humanitarian reset crucial for the ‘soul of our nation,’” the assertion learn.
Different organizations within the Divine 9 launched statements honoring Harris’ historic achievement:
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