When it comes to mobilizing Black voters, Kamala Harris has something even President Barack Obama didn’t have as America’s first Black president.
Her degree from Howard University, a historically Black university, and membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s oldest Black sorority, could give her a noticeable advantage among loyal members and alumni, including in Delaware.
“It’s a part of Black America that most Americans are not aware of,” Akwasi Osei, a political science and history professor at Delaware State University, said about the Greek organization. “And it is huge.”
It could be the blessing that Biden’s campaign needs after Black voter turnout dropped in 2016. Osei expects Harris to revitalize turnout to match that of its historic levels during Obama’s presidential bids, if not higher.
Since her presidential bid last year, members of the sorority have formed into Harris’ own, unofficial private army.