Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc. Members Welcome Fellow Soror Kamala Harris During Tallahassee Visit

by Xara Aziz

A recent VP visit to Tallahassee has women of a prestigious Greek sorority ecstatic and thankful to have seen the senior-level White House official in the flesh.

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated came in droves to see Vice President Kamala Harris in the Florida city Sunday in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Harris, who is also a member of the Divine Nine organization, has had the Roe v. Wade decision at the forefront of her policy agenda since Supreme Court overturned the decision in June of last year.

“I feel like this is the opportunity for African American students to really see her and value this opportunity and take it all in because we are the next generation and learn all these lessons so we can pour into the next generation to come,” Kerra Kelly, the Vice President of FAMU’s AKA Beta Alpha Chapter told WTXL.

During the event, Harris said that “the right of every woman, in every state, in this country, to make decisions about her own body is on the line. I said it once, and I’ll say it again: How dare they?”

She continued: “Here, in Florida, health care providers face prison — prison! — for up to five years for simply doing their job,” Harris said. “And now the state has also targeted medication abortion, and even threatened Florida pharmacists with criminal charges if they provide medication prescribed by medical professionals.”

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, a decision that provided constitutional protection for abortion and allowed states to set their own laws regulating the procedure. It was one of the most substantial judicial reversals in U.S. history and has been predicted to have severe consequences for women (especially women of color) all across the United States.

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