BY Lwazi Nongauza
“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 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. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way.”
Those are the words of Kamala Harris, as she was addressing the United States of America for the first time as Vice President-elect. She is the first black female Vice President-elect to occupy the second-highest political office in the United States of America’s history. Despite being a product of a collapsed immigrant family, throughout her early childhood and young adult life, Harris defied all odds as if she knew that she was destined for greatness. After attending Howard University and the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, Harris embarked on a rise through the California legal system. In 2010 she was narrowly elected attorney general of California—winning by a margin of less than 1 percent—thus becoming the first female and the first African-American to hold the post.
Read the full article in the Assert Reign Issue December 2020