Kamala Harris becomes first female, first black and first Asian-American VP

By AdvocateNews on 21/01/2021

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 583

Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris has made history as the first female, first black and first Asian-American US vice-president.

She was sworn in just before Joe Biden took the oath of office to become the 46th US president.

Ms Harris, who is of Indian-Jamaican heritage, initially ran for the Democratic nomination.

But Mr Biden won the race and chose Ms Harris as his running mate, describing her as “a fearless fighter for the little guy”.

Prior to taking the oath at the US Capitol, Ms Harris paid tribute to the women who she says came before her.

“I stand on their shoulders,” she said in a video.

Eugene Goodman, the Capitol police officer who was hailed as a hero for steering a pro-Trump mob away from Senate chambers during the 6 January riot, escorted Ms Harris at the inauguration.

Who is Kamala Harris?

Ms Harris, 56, was born in Oakland, California, to two immigrant parents: an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father.

She went on to attend Howard University, one of the nation’s preeminent historically black colleges and universities. She has described her time there as among the most formative experiences of her life.

Ms Harris says she’s always been comfortable with her identity and simply describes herself as “an American”.

After four years at Howard, Ms Harris went on to earn her law degree at the University of California, Hastings, and began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

She became the district attorney – the top prosecutor – for San Francisco in 2003, before being elected the first female and the first African American to serve as California’s attorney general, the top lawyer and law enforcement official in America’s most populous state.

In her nearly two terms in office as attorney general, Ms Harris gained a reputation as one of the Democratic party’s rising stars, using this momentum to propel her to election as California’s junior US senator in 2017. She was only the second black woman ever elected to the US senate.

She launched her candidacy for president to a crowd of more than 20,000 in Oakland at the beginning of 2019.

But Ms Harris failed to articulate a clear rationale for her campaign, and gave muddled answers to questions in key policy areas like healthcare.

She was also unable to capitalise on the clear high point of her candidacy: debate performances that showed off her prosecutorial skills, often placing Mr Biden in the line of attack, most notably criticising his praise for the “civil” working relationship he had with former senators who favoured racial segregation.

Posted 21/01/2021 01:10:26 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Suspected looters of Calabar Rice City nabbed

PDP convention: Uche Secondus elected party’s National Chairman...

Senate commends FG on closure of borders

17 suspects escape from Enugu Police CID Cell,...

SEEDS OF DESTINY TODAY: IMMORALITY AND VULNERABILITY OF...

BMO accuses PDP, Atiku of inciting protests

Enugu sacks 10 teachers, suspends 200 others for...

#EndSARS: Hoodlums attack FRSC offices in seven states...

63 killed in one week as gunmen defy...

Ohaneze Ndigbo urges FG to caution persons, groups...

APC to Prof. Sagay: You are a Rogue,...

Akwa-Ibom varsity sacks 8 lecturers over alleged extortion,...

 

Latest News Nigerians’ll be shocked by those behind schoolgirls’ abduction, says Matawalle NDLEA arrests Algeria-bound trafficker with N1bn cocaine hidden in yogurt Bandits attack Kaduna again , kill seven persons Fulani herdsmen: DSS attack an attempt to assassinate me – Sunday Igboho My $1.9 billion in Minnesota bank - Femi Adesina Govt, abductors negotiate, 317 Zamfara schoolgirls may be released today SEEDS OF DESTINY FEB 28, 2021: YOU ARE NOT AT THE MERCY OF THE ENEMY DSS arrests sacked Ganduje’s aide for demanding Buhari’s resignation Banditry, kidnappings: Nigerians have lost faith in Buhari – Northern Elders Student abductions: Buhari’s govt has failed Nigeria, says Soyinka Kidnapped Zamfara schoolgirls released Jangebe schoolgirls yet to be rescued says Zamfara Govt.

 

Most Read I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (55,663 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (41,941 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (36,143 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (34,528 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (34,491 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (34,226 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (33,418 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (33,338 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (32,556 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (32,454 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (31,137 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (28,658 views)

 

SECTIONS NEWS (4,635) FAITH (73) EDITORIAL (14) POLITICS (480) SOCIETY (125) SPORTS (41) BUSINESS (343) HEALTH (48) EDUCATION (42) ENTERTAINMENT (31) INTERNATIONAL (138) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (39) LETTERS (3) OPINION (28)

 

 


There are no video entries posted yet.