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Kamala Harris makes history as first woman of color to accept a major party nomination for vice president

Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) accepted her nomination to be 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate during her DNC speech on Aug. 19. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

WILMINGTON, Del. — Kamala D. Harris, the Black daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, on Wednesday became the first woman of color to accept the nomination for vice president from a major political party.

The senator from California signaled that she plans to help lead the attack against President Trump in the coming months, as is typical for a running mate, while also trying to connect voters to the Democratic ticket.

“We’re at an inflection point,” Harris said. “The constant ­chaos leaves us adrift. The incompetence makes us feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone. It’s a lot. And here’s the thing: We can do better and deserve so much more.”

Harris stepped into her place in history on the third night of the Democratic Party’s mostly virtual convention — joined not by the sort of raucous partisan crowd that would have erupted for such a moment in ordinary times, but instead standing on a small stage in Wilmington, accompanied only by aides and a smattering of reporters who had been tested for the novel coronavirus before being granted entry.