Orange County

Members of Kamala Harris’ sorority gather to celebrate inauguration, history as first woman of color VP

OCOEE, Fla. — As Kamala Harris made history being sworn in as the first woman of color to serve as vice president, members of her sorority gathered in Orange County to watch.

LaVon Bracy Davis and Nichol Rolle Brown proudly wore symbols of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority as well as pearls and Chucks to watch their sorority sister Kamala Harris be sworn in.

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Harris was a member of the nation’s first Black sorority at Howard University.

“When she took that oath today, I felt like I was taking it with her,” Davis said.

While they wanted to be in D.C., they happily watched from Ocoee, where just a century ago, Blacks were run out of town on Election Day.

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“Fast forward 100 years and not only did Black people and America vote, but we voted for the first African American vice president,” Davis said.

The women said that Wednesday was a reminder that today’s inauguration wasn’t just a good day for their sorority or Black universities, but for the entire nation.

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Cierra Putman flew south to join Eyewitness News in July 2016.

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.