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People Are Sharing Photos Of The Black Women And Girls In Their Lives Watching Kamala Harris Become VP

"Black and Brown girls needed this moment. I needed this moment growing up. I never saw myself in any of those moments until now."

Last updated on January 20, 2021, at 4:48 p.m. ET

Posted on January 20, 2021, at 1:35 p.m. ET

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Vice President Kamala Harris was officially sworn in on Wednesday, becoming the first woman, first Black woman, and first person of South Asian heritage to hold the office.

It was a historic moment, and an emotional one, that marked the beginning of a new administration following four years of a president who dealt in racism and stoked violence.

Harris was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first woman of color to serve on the Supreme Court, making it particularly poignant.

A moment laden with symbolism as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Justice, swears in VP Kamala Harris as the first female, Black, and South Asian VP on a Bible that belonged to legendary first Black Justice & civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall

Twitter: @grace_panetta

This. Didn't expect so many tears, wish Granny and so many of our matriarchs could have been here to witness this. https://t.co/Xt43KniE13

Twitter: @LiveFromKenya

Look at what We've done😭🇺🇸 https://t.co/uHED4EcteU

Twitter: @IAMANITABAKER

Harris's inauguration is being celebrated as a groundbreaking day, with many noting how much it means to feel represented by someone who looks like them.

Thinking about all the brown & black girls who will see themselves in @KamalaHarris and will grow up knowing that they can be anything. #MadamVicePresident

Twitter: @OpalVadhan

Black and Brown girls needed this moment. I needed this moment growing up. I never saw myself in any of those moments until now. https://t.co/DBb7Jh6DHl

Twitter: @EunissesH

Dropped my daughter off at school and before she got out of the car I told her when I picked her up there will be a Black woman as Vice President. Her face lit up like sunshine. Amid all the craziness, been little time to acknowledge and savor that. But what a day.

Twitter: @nhannahjones

Many parents posted photos of their young Black daughters as they watched history being made.

This is my daughter and my niece watching Kamala being inaugurated! Their t shirts say: “My VP looks like ME Proud Brown Skin Girl”

Twitter: @MichelleBYoung1

Congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris! I’m so excited for my daughter! Anything is possible but it’s different when you see it!

Twitter: @TorreySmithWR

This is what it’s about. Three generations. My mother, my wife, and my daughter watching history. A Black woman being sworn in as Vice President of the United States of America. Thank you @KamalaHarris and congratulations!

Twitter: @masterwilliams

Even Rep. Ayanna Pressley joined in, sharing a photo of her stepdaughter and godson wearing sweatshirts that read "The VP looks like me."

Madame @VP thank you, for our Cora, Godkids & future generations. By taking your seat, you've planted seeds, shattered ceilings & blown open doors. We feel collective pride & promise. Shout out to @vplikeme the mbe I purchased these sweatshirts from for these two.

Twitter: @AyannaPressley

As Harris's own niece Meena said:

Twitter: @meenaharris

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