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Angelenos Celebrate Kamala Harris As Vice President-Elect

Christine and Kyra Rodriguez stand on the outskirts of an election celebration rally on Saturday November 7, 2020. (Aaron Schrank/
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Angelenos were out in force Saturday reacting to the presidential election results, and many were celebrating California's Sen. Kamala Harris, the first Black and South Asian woman to become the vice president-elect.

One of these was Pastor Thembekila Crystal Coleman Smart, who led more than one thousand marchers from Pershing Square to Los Angeles City Hall to celebrate the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Harris. She said the California senator's vice-presidential win means a lot to her.

"She’s a Black woman," Smart said. "She represents me. She represents women of color, young and old. And so I have hope that even seeing her will give those that have lost hope, those who have let their dreams go by the wayside, they will say ‘everything is possible.’"

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Christine Rodriguez brought her 17-year-old daughter with her to the march. She said she has that same hope about Harris.

"Just inspiring and amazing," Rodriguez said. "She’s biracial, I’m biracial. She’s a person of color, I’m a person of color. To see somebody like her in the White House, is, I think something everyone can celebrate."

Harris, who was born in Oakland, is the daughter of immigrant parents from Jamaica and India.

The Associated Press, NPR and other news outlets called the election for Biden on Saturday, four days after the election, after Biden won Pennsylvania, bringing his Electoral College votes past the 270 that he needed to win the presidency.

Biden's win makes President Donald Trump the first president since 1992 to lose a reelection bid.


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