The election of 56-year-old Oakland native, proud HBCU graduate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris to the office of Vice President-elect has given many Americans a renewed sense of pride in the country’s highest office. Since the long-awaited announcement of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over current “President” Donald Trump to claim the oval office with Harris as his right hand, people have continued celebrating in cities nationwide.

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One of the most endearing parts of Harris’ story is the richly diverse and close-knit family of fearless women of color from which she comes. Long before she made history and reaffirmed what’s possible for little Black and Brown girls everywhere, she herself was a little girl with big dreams growing up alongside her sister with her beloved mother as her guiding light.

As we continue to celebrate this monumentous occasion, here’s a look back at Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ journey to history and the support circle of women who held her high along the way.