BEST ex-pat story: Kamala Harris becoming Vice President-elect
The story of Sen. Kamala Harris having connections to Champaign-Urbana was a surprise to most. Even though there are so many human beings that have some connection to our community, mainly because of the University of Illinois, of course, this was such a fun surprise to learn about last year. When it was announced that she would be Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 election — representing the first Black woman to be Vice President-elect — is a major step forward for the country. Even though it was only a sliver of her life that was spent here during her childhood, there’s still a lot to be proud of, and certainly it is possible that their time here as a family shaped her in some way, shape, or form. The fact we as community members get to look at VP-elect Harris as “one of ours”, even in the smallest of fractions, is pretty fun. (Patrick Singer)
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