Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Kamala Harris Just Became The Second Black Female U.S. Senator Ever

Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Kamala Harris Just Became The Second Black Female U.S. Senator Ever

California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, just made history becoming the second black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate ever. Many may not know this, but the newly elected senator is a graduate of Howard University and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

The 52-year-old senator’s platform targets issues including immigration reform, enacting family leave and equal pay policies, universal pre-kindergarten for children, addressing climate change and fixing the criminal justice system.

According to NBC NEWS, “While 20 African-American women currently serve in the House of Representatives, there hasn’t been a Black female senator since Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois served one term from 1993 to 1999.” Because we are a website focusing on the history and culture of Black fraternities and sororities, it must also be noted that Senator Carol Moseley Braun happens to be an honorary member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Senator Harris attended Howard University where she became a member of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and was very active in campus politics. She was a political science/economics major and a member of the debate team, campaigning for the first time as an undergrad.

“My first run for office was at Howard University, where I was elected freshman class representative of the liberal arts student council. Running a campaign at Howard was tough! I remember walking up to strangers,” she recalled “asking them to vote for me.”

After graduating from undergrad Harris went for her juris doctorate at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and then got a job as the Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County, California.

Following that position, she served two terms as the District Attorney of San Francisco starting in 2003 and was sworn in as Attorney General in 2011 making her the first woman and person of color to hold the position.

Last night, she was voted in as a California senator.

 

Member Of Alpha Phi Alpha Makes National News After Being Dragged Out Of Donald Trump Rally For Protesting

Member Of Alpha Phi Alpha Makes National News After Being Dragged Out Of Donald Trump Rally For Protesting

A brother of Alpha Phi Alpha has made national news after he was seen being forced by security out of a Donald Trump rally yesterday.

Multiple protesters affiliated with the #BlackLivesMatter movement were forcibly removed from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rally at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino on Monday evening.

In a video which has received national attention from CNN and Yahoo News, Bro. Ender Hope Austin III, speaks out against Trump during the rally and is dragged out of the building through a crowd of Trump supporters who scream at him. At one point someone in the crowd even yells “Light the mother f*cker on fire” at him.

According to Yahoo news, “The commotion began shortly after Trump, who is currently a frontrunner in the GOP primary, took the stage. Trump invited a supporter named Jamiel Shaw to join him. Shaw’s son was shot and killed by an undocumented immigrant gang member in 2008.”

“I always ask people, what would you do? What would you do if an illegal alien in an 18th Street gang was released from the county jail you know and into our neighborhoods?” Shaw asked the crowd. “We don’t know what’s going on. That’s why we need Donald Trump.”

When Shaw started speaking, Austin, who happens to be a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, began shouting, “That’s why we need gun control!” and “If there were no guns he wouldn’t have got killed.”

Austin, who is a Pentecostal minister, was attending the event with a group called “Unity Vegas” was quickly grabbed by casino security and the altercation was videotaped by a BuzzFeed journalist who was on the scene.

Austin told Yahoo News that, “he had planned on staying at the rally, but felt he needed to interject when he did because he believed Trump was unfairly using the death of Shaw’s son to justify anti-immigrant policies.”

“The majority of issues with gun violence are not with undocumented persons,” Austin said to Yahoo News. “And to parade that as though this is the reason why we should deport millions of people and destroy millions of lives was disturbing to me.”

Austin added that his “heart is with” Shaw’s family for the “loss that they’ve endured.”

Sigma Gamma Rho Just Released This Statement About The 2016 Elections

Sigma Gamma Rho Just Released This Statement About The 2016 Elections

Sigma Gamma Rho just released the following statement about the presidential election and sent it to WatchTheYard.com to share with the public.

Cary, N.C. November 9, 2016 – Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. congratulates the 2016 United States election winners and trusts that the new era in politics will serve those often left out of the public discourse. We ask that our political leaders view our sorority as a partner to achieve greater progress in the areas of civic and social action, education, healthcare and leadership development. These matters of public concern are at the heart of our mission and essential to our 94-year history.

“We are gratified by the activism of our membership who worked countless hours throughout the campaign season to get out the vote; provided voter education; supported candidates at the local, regional, state and federal levels; worked the election polls and engaged in other activities to uphold our democracy,” said Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority International President Deborah Catchings-Smith.

As we all prepare for the new administrations taking office around the country, our sorority leaders and members remain vigilant about holding our elected officials accountable for the issues that impact our communities and insist that they deliver on the promise of our United States Constitution. We stand ready to serve.