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Vice president-elect Kamala Harris to make history inauguration day

Kamala Harris
Posted at 7:10 PM, Jan 19, 2021

CLEVELAND — When Vice President-elect Kamala Harris takes the oath of office on Wednesday, she will be making history.

Harris will become the first woman, black and south Asian-American to hold the office.

She is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, and two local Indian-American parents said this representation means a lot not only to their community but also to their family because it shows their daughter that anything is possible.

"They really need role models they need more than what they see at home," Shakuntala Kothari said.

"My hope is that she can look beyond the family and be able to see herself in others in very very high places," Deepak Sarma said. "It's about time that America has a woman as a leader and this is a wonderful model for people like my daughter for young women of color across the United States."

Sarma and Kothari hope Harris' time in office will normalize having a woman and person of color in such a high position.

Their daughter Nandita said this moment has taught her that she can dream bigger.

"Now I feel like I have the ability to go even farther," Nandita said.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first woman of color on the Supreme Court, will administer her oath.