Vice President Kamala Harris made history on January 20 when she was sworn into office by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She becomes the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president. People are sharing what the historic move means to them. Wednesday evening the nations newest Vice President presented a speech at the Celebration of America.
“Even in dark times we not only dream, we do. We not only see what has been, we see what can be,” she said in brief remarks outside the Lincoln Memorial. “We are bold, fearless and ambitious. We are undaunted in our belief that we shall overcome, that we will rise up.”
Remarks by Vice President Kamala Harris at the Celebration of America
VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS: Good evening. It is my honor to be here.
To stand on the shoulders of those who came before.
To speak tonight as your Vice President.
In many ways, this moment embodies our character as a nation.
It demonstrates who we are.
Even in dark times —
We not only dream. We do.
We not only see what has been, we see what can be.
We shoot for the moon, and then we plant our flag on it.
We are bold, fearless, and ambitious.
We are undaunted in our belief that we shall overcome, that we will rise up.
This is American Aspiration.
In the middle of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln saw a better future and built it — with land-grant colleges and the transcontinental railroad.
In the middle of the civil rights movement, Dr. King fought for racial justice and economic justice.
American Aspiration is what drove the women of this nation, throughout history, to demand equal rights.
And the authors of the Bill of Rights to claim freedoms that had rarely been written down before.
A Great Experiment takes great determination — the will to do the work and then the wisdom to keep refining, keep tinkering, keep perfecting.
The same determination is being realized in America today.
I see it in the scientists who are transforming the future.
I see it in the parents who are nurturing generations to come.
In the innovators and the educators.
In everyone, everywhere who is building a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.
This, too, is American Aspiration.
This is what President Joe Biden has called upon us to summon now.
The courage to see beyond crisis.
To do what is hard.
To do what is good.
To believe in ourselves.
Believe in our country.
Believe in what we can do—together.
Thank you. And may God bless America.