Atlanta’s attorney said she turned on her cell phone when she landed in Richmond, Virginia, saw a line of 72 messages and “I think ‘it should be it.’ ”
Kamala Harris became the first woman, the first Black woman, the first South Asian – and yes, the first member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – to be elected vice president.
Celebrations begin at the baggage claim area – where Arrington and her schoolgirl sister Valyncia Saunders mix their voices. It hasn’t stopped since.
Harris’s victory especially resonated with Arrington, Saunders and the group of friends gathered at a beach house in North Carolina’s Outer Banks this week. They all attended Howard University, graduating more than a decade after Harris enrolled in 1986. And they all have followed and supported her political career – ever since she promoted as was the first woman to hold the position of Attorney General of California, until the election was the first Black Woman to represent California in the US Senate and now on the threshold of the White House.
“Her story is ours,” said Saunders, a Richmond law practitioner, in a phone interview on Sunday. “I cannot explain how this fundamentally changes for every Black and Brown girl in this country.”
Harris – the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father – enters Howard University, one of the nation’s oldest black colleges and universities, following her childhood in Northern California and attended high school in Montreal, while her mother was doing breast cancer research. at McGill University.
Harris’s relationship with her alma mater, the girls’ association and, more broadly, the Divine Nine – as historically the council of nine Black fraternity and sororities – was reaffirmed through her work history for the White House. She even worked occasionally in Howard’s office during the final stages of the campaign.
Arrington and other AKA sisters say that this reflects the longstanding practice of the girls’ association celebrating its founding in many ways big and small. This week’s friend’s beach reunion could include “an hour of fun in the evening at 6:08 daily,” Arrington said, laughing.
Jacqueline Brooks, a black woman who helped end President Donald Trump’s racial term “is the cake”, Jacqueline Brooks, another AKA friend gathered at his North Beach house. Carolina, says.
The day Trump was elected, Brooks said her teenage daughter Breanna McDonald burst into tears. “She looked at me and said, ‘How can they choose him?’ Because of racism and stress. As a mother, it breaks my heart. “
“But now looking up and seeing a Black woman as vice president, I can tell her: ‘Remember the tears you cried?’ “Brooks, a banker living in Bethesda, Maryland, said. “All we have to do is continue to fight and believe that truth, honesty, and dignity will prevail because that’s the life we want.
“That’s the world we want our children to be, and that’s the country we want to be.”