Harris: Voters 'ushered in a new day for America'

Vice president-elect Kamala Harris is paying tribute to Black women who "so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy." Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, is the first woman to be elected to the vice presidency. (Nov. 7)

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KAMALA HARRIS: So Congressman John Lewis, Congressman John Lewis, before his passing, wrote, "Democracy is not a state. It is an act." And what he meant was that America's democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, to guard it, and never take it for granted. And protecting our democracy takes struggle, it takes sacrifice, but there is joy in it. And there is progress, because we the people have the power to build a better future.

And when our very democracy was on the ballot in this election, with the very soul of America at stake, and the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America. We are so grateful to Joe and Jill for welcoming our family into theirs on this incredible journey, and to the woman most responsible for my presence here today, my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts.

When she came here from India at the age of 19, she maybe didn't quite imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible. And so I'm thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women, who throughout our nation's history have paved the way for this moment tonight, women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all, including the Black women who are often, too often, overlooked, but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy.

And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message-- dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourselves in a way that others may not, simply because they've never seen it before. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way.