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Howard University women react to alum Kamala Harris’ historic win

EXCLUSIVE: theGrio spoke to Black women from Howard who say Harris’s ascent to the vice presidency has become a game changer for the prestigious HBCU

With the election of President-elect Joe Biden came almost the vindication that Black women had been waiting for: After carrying the Democratic Party on our backs for generations, there would finally be one of us in the White House.

Sen. Kamala Harris’s ascent to the United States vice presidency is a momentous moment for women everywhere, but it is particularly special for Black women, for Caribbean women, for women of South Asian descent. For women who were chided for their choices to attend historically Black colleges and universities, and especially for those who chose Howard University

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“I cried,” said Brittany Bell, a media professional and Howard University alumna who is

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5 Howard University women on Kamala Harris’ historic election

In January 2019, Krystle Champagne-Norwood attended a basketball game at her alma mater, Howard University, when Sen. Kamala Harris, who at the time had just launched her 2020 presidential campaign, greeted the crowd.

“It was so exciting to see her there,” Champagne-Norwood tells CNBC Make It. “I happened to be there with my husband and it was like my last outing [for a while] because later on that night I gave birth to my son. And, I always tell him, ‘You met Kamala Harris before you were born.'”

Harris, who ended her presidential campaign in December 2019, is now making history as the first woman, Black American and South Asian American to be elected vice president of the United States after Democratic nominee Joe Biden became the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election. Not only did Biden and Harris’ win lead to gender and racial barriers being broken, but

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5 Howard University women on Kamala Harris’ historic election and the impact of HBCUs

In January 2019, Krystle Champagne-Norwood attended a basketball game at her alma mater, Howard University, when Sen. Kamala Harris, who at the time had just launched her 2020 presidential campaign, greeted the crowd.



a person posing for the camera: Democratic 2020 U.S. vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris takes the stage to speak at the site of their election rally, after the news media announced that Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election over President Donald Trump, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020.


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Democratic 2020 U.S. vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris takes the stage to speak at the site of their election rally, after the news media announced that Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election over President Donald Trump, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020.

“It was so exciting to see her there,” Champagne-Norwood tells CNBC Make It. “I happened to be there with my husband and it was like my last outing [for a while] because later on that night I gave birth to my son. And, I always tell him, ‘You met Kamala Harris before you were born.'”

Harris, who ended her presidential campaign in

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Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff breaks gender stereotypes by putting her career ahead of his as second gentleman

On the campaign trail when his wife was seeking the Democratic nomination, Doug Emhoff was the dutiful political spouse. Now, he plans on filling the same role in the White House.

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The 56-year-old husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is quitting his law practice by Inauguration Day to take on his duties as second gentleman, flipping gender norms at a level the nation has never before seen.

“This gives us a model and it is a fabulous model,” Dartmouth College professor of business administration Ella L.J. Bell Smith told USA TODAY. “Mr. Harris is totally comfortable stepping back so his wife can show her brilliance, grace, grit and power because he wants her to succeed.” 



a man wearing a microphone: Doug Emhoff, husband of vice president elect Kamala Harris, D-Calif., greets the crowd during a get out the vote rally in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 3


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Doug Emhoff, husband of vice president elect Kamala Harris, D-Calif., greets the crowd during

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The place that gave Vice President-elect Kamala Harris ‘confidence’

Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Anderson and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris all have one place in common, Howard University.

Howard University: The place that shaped Kamala Harris

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Vice President-elect Harris graduated from Howard in 1986. Her recent success is shining a bright light on the historically Black university, fondly referred to as “The Mecca.” It sits high on a hilltop in Washington, D.C.

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“I definitely want kids to open their minds up to going to a historically Black college,” said Alana Curtis, a Howard University alumnus from Oakland.

Howard University is the leading producer of Black students entering medical schools in the United States, the School of Business earned the number one spot by The Princeton Review as the “greatest opportunity for minority students.” The list of accomplishments could go on for pages.

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Howard University: The historically Black institution that gave Vice President-elect Kamala Harris ‘confidence’

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Anderson and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris all have one place in common, Howard University.

Vice President-elect Harris graduated from Howard in 1986. Her recent success is shining a bright light on the historically Black university, fondly referred to as “The Mecca.” It sits high on a hilltop in Washington, D.C.

“I definitely want kids to open their minds up to going to a historically Black college,” said Alana Curtis, a Howard University alumnus from Oakland.

Howard University is the leading producer of Black students entering medical schools in the United States, the School of Business earned the number one spot by The Princeton Review as the “greatest opportunity for minority students.” The list of accomplishments could go on for pages.

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Lincoln University student leaders speak to historic win of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris

Heaven Lassiter, Lincoln University’s Miss Orange and Blue, shares in the excitement so many HBCU students and graduates feel after the historic win of one of their own, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Lincoln University speaks to historic win of HBCU Graduate, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

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“Oh, we all woke up shouting, praising God that Black women, Black educated women have this opportunity,” Lassiter said.

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Fellow student leaders say they feel more empowered than ever.

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“They’re highlighting our HBCUs and seeing so much more can come from our HBCUs. Now is the time to showcase who we are,” MIss Lincoln University Brianna Blake said.

University President Dr. Brenda Allen is Kamala Harris’ fellow Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters and also a graduate of Howard University.

“Even though HBCUs make up 3% of

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‘She has paved the way’: Howard University president celebrates Kamala Harris breaking barriers

Wayne Frederick, the president of Howard University, celebrated America’s choice of alumna Kamala Harris as vice president-elect.

Howard University’s Wayne Frederick with WTOP’s Valerie Bonk

The president of Howard University on Sunday celebrated America’s choice of alumna Kamala Harris as vice president-elect.

Howard University President Wayne Frederick said he was driving his son to a soccer game when he heard the news.

“It was unusual, having the VP being so known to us and having my son react,” Frederick said.

Vice President-Elect Harris studied political science and economics and graduated from Howard University in 1986.

“I think we should all be proud regardless of our politics,” Frederick said.

Frederick said the barriers she broke becoming the first female, first Black and first south Asian vice president-elect should inspire others to step up.

He said she’s shattered the glass ceiling for following generations.

“I think she’s going to hit it so

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Kamala Harris first female Vice President-elect Howard University

Kamala Harris becomes the first woman, African-American and Indian-American to be Vice President-elect.

WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris is now the first woman, African-American and Indian-American Vice President-elect.

A 1986 graduate of Howard University, Harris double majored in political science and economics. She spent her time at Howard University growing her knowledge of politics and issues facing the country, interning as a mailroom clerk for California Sen. Alan Cranston. Harris was also a member of the debate team, joined Alpha Kappa Alpha and protested in D.C. against Apartheid in South Africa.

The 55-year-old Harris was announced as Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate in June, and her fellow Howard alums at the time praised the choice.

“Words cannot say how excited I am, and I continue to be excited about the possibility of the future and about what Kamala can offer to this country,” said Harris’ sorority sister Carla Mannings back

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Howard University Rejoices as Alum Kamala Harris Becomes Vice President-Elect

Howard University students and alumni are rejoicing Saturday as alum Kamala Harris becomes vice president-elect according to NBC News’ projection. 



a man and a woman looking at the camera: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks to Amos Jackson III, Executive President of the Howard University Student Association, and Mara Peoples, Executive Vice President, after announcing her candidacy for President of the United States, at Howard University, her alma mater, on January 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. Harris is the first African-American woman to announce a run for the White House in 2020.


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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks to Amos Jackson III, Executive President of the Howard University Student Association, and Mara Peoples, Executive Vice President, after announcing her candidacy for President of the United States, at Howard University, her alma mater, on January 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. Harris is the first African-American woman to announce a run for the White House in 2020.


“Senator Kamala Harris has swung her Howard hammer and shattered the proverbial glass ceiling into pieces that will not be put back together,” University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement.

Harris graduated from the historically Black D.C. school in 1986 and was a member of the school’s debate team and the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority. 

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