After Joe Biden was announced victorious in the presidential campaign, his running mate and now, VP, celebrated alongside the new POTUS and delivered her very own inspirational speech for the first time after the news was confirmed. It’s been days since the election, time during which all the votes were counted and the American citizens waited anxiously to learn the results.
But now, for those who voted blue, it’s a time for celebration for more than one reason.
As you may know, Kamala Harris is not only the first woman Vice President, she is also the first Black, Indian and biracial Vice President in America, ever!
Harris came out to Mary J. Blige’s ‘Work That’ and addressed the crowd while they cheered on her loudly.
Her speech was inspirational and powerful and she reflected on what the fact that she now holds this position as a woman of color means for future generations.
She started her speech by saying that ‘Congressman John Lewis before his passing wrote “Democracy is not a state, it is an act.” And what he meant was that America’s democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it. To guard it and never take it for granted. And protecting our democracy takes struggle. It takes sacrifice. But there is joy in it. And there is progress. Because we, the people, have the power to build a better future.’
She went on: ‘And when our very democracy was on the ballot in this election with the very soul of America at stake and the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America. To our campaign staff and volunteers, this extraordinary team, thank you for bringing more people than ever before into the democratic process.’
She stressed that by voting for Joe Biden, people have managed to protect the ‘integrity of our democracy.’
Kamala praised Joe Biden and his family during her message and also touched upon being the first woman Vice President but definitely not the last.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris: “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.” https://t.co/XoCmlXHCE0 pic.twitter.com/c2JIeql2NF
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 8, 2020
‘Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities and to the children of our country regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not simply because they’ve never seen it before,’ she said in part.
For more on what she had to say, check out the speech in its entirety!