Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Howard University News Service
By Alexis McCowan
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Today is a day of firsts as Kamala Devi Harris becomes the highest-ranking female U.S. official in the country’s 244-year history. Harris is also the first African American woman to become vice president of the United States.
Harris is no stranger to making history as she did when she became the first African American woman, first Asian American woman and first daughter of two immigrants to be a major party’s vice presidential nominee, when Joe Biden announced her as his running mate in August 2020. She is the fourth woman to be on a major party ticket.
Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California, to two immigrant parents: an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father.
Harris is also the first graduate of a historically Black college and university — or HBCU — to become a vice presidential candidate and now vice president.
For four years she attended Howard University, one of the nation’s preeminent historically Black colleges and universities, which she has described as among the most formative experiences of her life. During her time at Howard she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, A Black women’s organization founded in 1908. She graduated from Howard with a degree in political science and economics.
Harris earned her law degree at the University of California. In 2003, she became the district attorney for San Francisco, before being elected the first woman and the first African American person to serve as California’s attorney general, the top lawyer and law enforcement official in America’s most populous state. In 2017, she was elected to serve as the junior senator of California.
Publisher’s Note: This story was written following the November election.