Kamala Harris gives first speech as vice president-elect
WASHINGTON – In her first speech as vice president-elect, Kamala Harris invoked not solely the historic nature of her election, however praised these who got here earlier than her to assist pave the trail to the White Home.
Harris, who walked out to her signature theme, “Work That” by Mary J. Blige, started her speech by referencing the late-Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon who died earlier this yr, byt praising voters for ushering in a “new day” for America.
“When our very democracy was on the poll,” stated Harris, the primary Black and first Asian American girl vice chairman throughout remarks at Chase Middle in Wilmington, Del, “you ushered in a brand new day for America.”
Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, spoke of her mom, who got here to the US on the age of 19, saying she won’t have imagined this second however that she “believed so deeply in a America the place a second like that is doable.”
“So I am fascinated by her, and in regards to the generations of girls, Black girls,” Harris stated, pausing as the group cheered. “Asian, white, Latina, Native American girls, who all through our nation’s historical past have paved the best way for this second tonight.”
Harris highlighted the work that Black girls particularly have put into this nation’s democracy. Black voters, notably Black girls, helped pushed Joe Biden’s victory within the major and onto victory to the White Home.
“Ladies who fought and sacrificed a lot for equality and liberty and justice for all,” she stated, “together with the Black girls who are sometimes, too usually ignored, however so usually show that they’re the spine of our democracy.”
In what was possible an homage to suffragettes of the twentieth century who labored to get girls the fitting to vote, Harris wore a crisp, white swimsuit whereas she talked in regards to the motion that allowed girls to vote in such a historic election.
The Democratic Ladies’s Caucus earlier this yr wore all white to the State of the Union deal with, marking 100 years because the ratification of the nineteenth Modification. Hillary Clinton additionally wore a white swimsuit throughout her acceptance speech on the 2016 Democratic Nationwide Conference.
And Geraldine Ferraro wore white when she accepted the nomination to grow to be the primary feminine candidate for vice chairman for a serious American political get together on the 1984 Democratic conference.
“All the ladies who’ve labored to safe and defend the fitting to vote for over a century, 100 years in the past with the nineteenth modification, 55 years in the past with the Voting Rights Act, and now in 2020 with a brand new technology of girls in our nation who forged their ballots and proceed the battle for his or her elementary proper to vote and be heard,” Harris stated.
“Tonight I mirror on their wrestle, their willpower and the energy of their imaginative and prescient to see what will be unburdened by what has been,” she added. “And I stand on their shoulders.”
Contributing: Annah Aschbrenner