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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

‘We earned it’: Women of color at inauguration celebrate Kamala Harris

Jan 20, 2021
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As Kamala Harris was set to take the oath of vice president at the U.S. Capitol, the first woman and woman of color in the post, Black women in attendance expressed optimism and hope.

Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala. came decked in pink-and-green gear, most of it sent by her Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters. She said it was only “befitting” for the event and to salute Harris.

“I’m very excited,”” she said.

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., attends the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Sewell is decked out in the colors of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Lawmakers and guests said they were determined not to be intimidated by the attack the U.S. Capitol and were glad the inauguration was taking place.

“Today is about hope and opportunity,”” said Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, new chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Melanie Campbell, head of the Black Women's Roundtable, which launched get-out-the-vote efforts across the country, particularly in the South, said she was there to represent all the Black women organizers who put the work in on the ground.

"It's a humbling moment. I feel a lot of relief,'' said Campbell, a guest of Beatty. "It's OK to celebrate today. We earned it. But tomorrow we get to work."

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, right, attends the inauguration of Joe Biden.

Members were sporting masks representing their sororities, states and schools, including AKA worn by Sewell and Beatty with a silver glittered mask.

This article was originally published by The USA Today on January 20, 2021.