Kamala Harris makes history, community says it gives “hope for future”

Salisbury, Md. – On January 20th, Joe Biden took the oath of office to become the 46th President of the United States. Also sworn in was Vice President Kamala Harris, who made history as the first woman and the first person of color to hold that office previously only held by white men.
This new precedent spoke volumes to the Salisbury community. On Inauguration Day, 47 ABC went out in the community to hear what her accomplishment meant to residents.
We were told it’s a representation of inclusivity, and a better representation of our communities.
A Salisbury man, who says he has three daughters, said watching the inauguration made it clear to him that when he tells his daughters they can do anything, “anything” is truly possible.
“I see this as a light at the end of the tunnel, it gave me more hope for this country — I was so proud to be an American again,” John Franco said.
Meanwhile, Amber Green, Executive Director of the Fenix Youth Project, rose issues of representation. She says this is another step toward showing today’s youth of color that they are just as capable and able to make history. She says the importance of the 46th inauguration goes beyond political achievements and shows how far we have come in the African-American community.
“For this moment in history to have our first black VP, the first black vice president in office,  it means a lot” says Green. “Representation matters so much. So to see our young girls who are being told that they’re too bold, too loud, or too aggressive, this is now a sentiment where you can be bold, loud and aggressive.”
Another woman in Salisbury says the day is important for children to see people who look like them achieving their goals, so that one day they may do the same thing.
“I think it’s wonderful for kids to see people like them in roles that they might want to assume someday and people being successful in all walks of life, whatever they chose to do with their lives,” said Cara Rozaieski.
Green says now that Kamala Harris is the nation’s vice president, she has paved the way for others like her to follow in her footsteps so that she may be the first, but hopefully won’t be the last.
Categories: Black History Month, Local News, Maryland