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Calling Kamala Harris ‘too ambitious’ is a lesson for young Black girls

Updated: Aug 20

August 3, 2020


Last week, as a young Black girl who is participated in the Black Girls Rock! – Black Girls Lead virtual summit, I had the honor to join 1000 other young Black girl participants in hearing directly from Senator Harris.


She shared with us that “people will be fine when you take what they give you. But Oh don’t take more. So I say that to say, there will be a resistance to your ambition. There will be people who say to you, you are out of your lane. But don’t you let that burden you.”


It was during Senator Harris’ time with the participants of the Black Girls Lead conference that I truly realized why people were attacking her, and other Black women like Stacey Abrams and Congresswoman Karen Bass, for being considered a finalist for Biden’s running mate.


I realized that these same people secretly attacking Harris were doing so because of what she and the other Black women represent. They do not fear Senator Harris for her ambitions, they fear her because of a generation of Black girls who are watching and that we will follow her example to pursue excellence.


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