President's Pen - November 7, 2020
Howard University Alumni KAMALA D. HARRIS First Black Woman, First Woman Vice President-Elect Breaks Forbidden Glass Ceilings
In 2008 Barack Obama became the first African American President, twelve years later Kamala Devi Harris broke one of the two forbidden glass ceilings for women. Just before noon on Saturday, November 7, 2020, CNN and other major news outlets called Pennsylvania for Biden-Harris. With the call Biden-Harris received Pennsylvania's 20 electoral college votes, propelling them past the 270 needed to be President and Vice President-Elect, setting the stage for a historical night in Wilmington, Delaware. At 8:00 p.m. the daughter of immigrants, Vice President-Elect, Kamala Harris walked on stage waving her hands and all smiles, wearing a white pantsuit.
The white pantsuit was a statement on several fronts. The Vice President-Elect acceptance speech was gracious, inspiring, of homage, and finally, the introduction of President-Elect Joe Biden. The white pantsuit paid homage to the women suffrage movement, a symbol of moral purity, alongside green for purity and purple for dignity. Secondly, it reminds us that Shirley Chisholm wore white as she became the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1968. Then, Geraldine Ferraro, who wore all white to accept Walter Mondale's running mate in the 1984 presidential campaign. Finally, Hillary Clinton, who wore a white pantsuit to accept the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2016. Harris stated, "I stand on their shoulders" those who fought for voting rights at the beginning of the 20th century, and or the "new generation" that had exercised those rights last week.
Before introduction, the President-Elect, Harris paid homage to her husband, now, the first man-elect of the United States. Vice President-Elect Harris told all women and young girls, "While I may be the first woman in this office, I won't be the last." It has taken 243 years for the forbidden glass ceiling for women to be broken. Harris will be the first woman Vice President; First African American woman Vice President; First South Asian American Vice President; Frist HBCU, Howard University, graduate Vice President; First Alpha Kappa Alpha Vice President, and First Vice President from California. Now that Harris has broking the forbidden glass ceilings,. the question now becomes how long will it take for a woman to receive the title "President-Elect". Vice President-elect Harris will take the oath of office of the Vice President on January 20, 2021, on the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. right before President-Elect Biden at noon. Having taken the oath of office, Kamala Harris will assume the official title of MADAM VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS