Vice President Kamala Harris makes history by swearing in the first Black Senator of Georgia, Essence reports.
Harris has just made history as the first Black Vice President of the United States of America. Shortly after her swearing-in, Harris made history again, presiding over Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock’s swearing-in, the first Jewish and first Black U.S. Senators.
Stacey Abrams and LaTosha Brown worked tirelessly via Abrams’ Fair Fight Action and Brown’s Black Voters Matter to enroll communities of color in Georgia to vote. Both women were actively fighting voter suppression and supporting the campaign of Warnock. The 51-year-old Reverend and Ossoff both ran twice, attempting to defeat incumbent Republican senators, Kelly Loffler and David Perdue. With the support of Abrams and Brown, their second campaigns proved victorious.
Harris, a former Senator, now serves as Vice President of the country and President of the Senate. The swearing in of Warnock, along with Senators Ossoff and Alex Padilla who took Harris’ Senate seat, mark control over the Senate by Democrats for the first time in a long time. This may mean added support for Biden’s new legislation as he attempts to pass a COVID-19 relief package.
MSNBC commentator Joy Reid tweeted about the historic moment, writing, “This is amazing. The Black woman Vice President swears in three new Democratic Senators: one Black, one Jewish, one Latino. This is New America. Hallelujah.”
This is amazing. The Black woman Vice President swears in three new Democratic Senators: one Black, one Jewish, one Latino. This is New America. Hallelujah. pic.twitter.com/kXGUoNeqEVadvertisement
— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid ) (@JoyAnnReid) January 20, 2021
Congratulations, Senator Warnock!
Photo Courtesy of The New York Times/Emory Law