Breaking Through in a Big Way

Image from the California Museum’s website

Hey, Californians, have you heard that one of our own is poised to become the nation’s next vice president? And that she hails from less than 100 miles away, having been born 56 years ago in Oakland?

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris holds the even-more-impressive distinctions of becoming the first woman VP, the first Black VP, and the first Indian American to hold such a high office. The California Museum is celebrating Harris and her many achievements with an exhibit that debuts online on Jan. 19, 2021, the day before she and President Joseph R. Biden are sworn into office.

To gain an idea of what the Harris tribute will be like, check out the museum’s “Women Inspire Online” exhibit that was launched in August in partnership with the state’s first partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The downtown museum, whose O Street building is temporarily closed to the public due to the COVID-19 crisis, has an online lineup that also includes “Día de los Muertos 2020,” “Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown,” and “Fight for the Right: 100 Years of Women Voting.”

The only Golden Stater who has been as close to the White House as Harris was Yorba Linda-born Richard Nixon, who was vice president from 1953 to 1961 and president from 1969 to 1974. The only other native Californian to have been on a presidential ticket was Earl Warren, Thomas Dewey’s running mate in the 1948 election won by Harry Truman. Warren, who served as California’s governor and was the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born in Los Angeles.

Prior to being elected a senator in 2016, Harris served as San Francisco’s district attorney and was the state’s attorney general. For more information about Harrischeck out the exhibit!