Analysis: HBCU grad Kamala Harris is headed to the White House

11/08/2020
by Mariah Brown
Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris
Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris

  The United States, after days of prolonged vote counting by election officials in several states, have elected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, respectively as president and vice president.

Their victory is seen as a triumph for many communities, as cities erupted into celebration over this win.

Harris made history as the first female, as well as the first Black, and the first South Asian vice president-elect. Many see her as standing on the shoulders of many women who have been underrepresented in history. Harris first entered the public arena as the district attorney in San Francisco, followed by the job of California's attorney general. She next became only the second Black female U.S. senator in history and now will be sworn in on Jan. 20, 2021, as vice president of the United States.

As a Howard University alum and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the HBCU graduate has been an inspiration to many and made a difference.

The 74 million Biden-Harris voters are ecstatic, while the 70 million Trump supporters are not pleased with the results.

46 President-elect, Joe Biden and Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris
46 President-elect, Joe Biden and Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has indicated that he does not plan to concede and instead has launched a number of lawsuits questioning the integrity of the election. Likewise, officials in Georgia where Biden has a comfortable lead, have announced plans for a recount.

But even without Georgia, Biden amassed 279 electoral votes-well beyond the 270 needed to be declared the winner-thanks to wins in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The 2020 election was the largest voter turnout ever, as well as the largest turnout by young voters.