Black women and girls react to Kamala Harris’ victory

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be moving into the White House, Insider and Decision Desk HQ announced on Friday.

Major networks on Saturday called the presidential election in favor of Biden and Harris. Shortly after the win was announced, Harris updated her Twitter bio to read: “Vice President-Elect of the United States.” 

Harris wrote on Twitter, “This election is about so much more than @JoeBiden or me.”

But for Black women — 91% of whom voted for the Biden and Harris — and girls who spoke to Insider, Harris’s accomplishment as the first woman, Black, Indian, and South Asian elected as Vice President of the United States hits close to home and opens up a promising vision of representation on Capitol Hill.

Meena Harris, the vice president-elect’s niece, tweeted on Saturday that her 4-year-old said that “BLACK GIRLS ARE WELCOME TO BE PRESIDENT!”

 

Cam Franklin, 50 — Howard University Class of 91′

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“I am so proud. I have never been more proud to be a Howard graduate, to be an HBCU graduate, to be a Black woman. I just think our country needed this, I needed this personally and I’m just elated,” Franklin told Business Insider who noted that she cried when she heard the news about Biden and Harris winning the election. “I’m just hopeful that this country can heal and start moving in the right direction again. We are still a country divided so I think there’s still a lot of work that’s going to need to be done, but this is an emotional lift. This to me personally is a triumph of good over evil.”

Ketia Jeune, 25 — Activist, New York

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“Who wouldn’t be happy that Trump isn’t president but I’m even happier that Kamala Harris is in the White House. She’s making history and she’s representing Black women and although she had a bumpy past, I feel like she’s leaning towards a more progressive way of thinking and I feel like I’m making history with her as a Black woman,” Jeune told Business Insider. “I feel like Black women really came out. We always come out and we always make history and I’m so glad we’re finally being acknowledged for our work.”

Nahla Owens, 16 — High School Senior, Texas

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“I grew up in Atlanta and I saw so many strong Black women leading and the thought of having that exist in the White House and on a national scale brought me so much joy and so much hope particularly in a time of racial tension and division,” Owens told Business Insider. “I was so hopeful and so excited at the prospect of seeing myself represented in one of the highest offices in the land.”

Pat Duncan, 64 — National Co-chair Black Women For Biden, Colorado

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“It really shows Black people, finally, that your vote does count. That your vote does make a difference,” Duncan told Business Insider. Harris’s announcement shows “what we’ve been doing for years. For years we have always led. We are leaders naturally and what this does for Black little girls… it shows that you can be anything in this world that you want to be. You just have to work hard and believe in you.”

She added: “She just showed that the world, especially the United States, is made up of immigrants, but we come together as one people.”

Marjon Parham, 46 — Public Relations Manager Michigan Liberation

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“It just gives us a sense of hope, a sense of ‘You know what? We can do this’, and we do have a voice,” Parham told Business Insider. “She is definitely the epitome of a strong Black woman. We support her and I’m so glad that she’s in office. That gives me encouragement to do the things I know that God has called me to do career-wise, professionally and personally.”

She added: “I am super proud to be an HBCU alum and also to be apart of the same sorority.”

Palencia Mobley P.E., 40 — Engineer, Detroit

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“I am just happy and overly emotional for what this means for the world,” Mobley told Business Insider.

“To witness this woman ascend to the second-highest office in the United States is monumental,” Mobley told Business Insider.”It just reigns true that what is for you is for you. What you are destined to do, the universe will open its doors and receive you.”

She added: “When Biden selected her for vice president, I knew that he had made the best decision he could make not only for people of color in this country but for women because her background is just different. She comes from a place of being able to understand multi-ethnic culture and what that means. “

Brandy Robinson, 43 – Attorney, Detroit

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“This is huge as far as I’m concerned. Sen. Harris is the first Black woman to rise to that high of a level in our government and it just means so much,” Robinson told Business Insider. “Seeing people who recognize the importance of access to healthcare, who understands the plight of working and regular families I think makes all the difference in the world. In terms of representation, Black women have done so much for this country for centuries and this is just another step in that direction. I feel so proud.”

Sommer Woods, 43 — Coordinator of Exterior Logistics, Detroit

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“Not only is she a Black woman but she’s a Black woman who went to a historically Black college. And a lot of times people question what HBCUs can produce, people question what Black women can produce and can be … and she literally shattered all of those perceptions,” Woods told Business Insider. “For me, it was very empowering, and to be able to see that and to experience this, it is definitely something I would never forget.”

She added: “I also forgot to mention that not only is she a product of an HBCU, she is my Soror too. So truly, she is a reflection of me.”

Chiara Clayton, 44 — Ballot Section Supervisor, Detroit

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“I am very excited, very proud, and just hopeful for our future with our new leadership. It’s been such a crazy week and just a crazy time, but I feel like there’s a newness in the air and there’s hope going forward,” Clayton told Business Insider. “As a Black woman, I am just proud that we have someone that has really broken that glass ceiling.”

She added: “I’m excited to see the speeches tonight and to see what happens as we go forward.”

This story will be updated.

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