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Alpha Kappa Alphas watch Kamala Harris make history

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(WSIL) -- Women and girls across the country watched Kamala Harris being sworn in as the first woman and first woman of color to be Vice President.

One organization celebrated today in solidarity: her sorority.

Alpha Kappa Alpha has declared January 20th "Kamala D. Harris Day."

Members of the oldest Black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha or AKAs

are flaunting the group's signature pink and green colors and pearls to

celebrate Kamala Harris

News 3 spoke with the Carbondale Chapter President, who says this inauguration is an inspiration.

Carbondale Chapter President of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Jacari Henderson says she woke up Wednesday morning with excitement.

"It has really really been a moment in history we will never forget. I think it goes to to say, 'go for that promotion that you want, go start that business. You can do and you can be whatever you want to be as long as you work hard to do it."

Kamala Harris pledged the sorority in 1986. Throughout her campaign -- she's constantly recognized Alpha Kappa Alpha as her "family."

Henderson says Harris's success shines a positive light on these kinds of institutions.

"It's just not a big accomplishment for just my sorority, but for the Divine Nine, you know? For all Greek organizations. We are all standing in support and in solidarity of Kamala's accomplishment because when all of us win, we all win," she said.

The "Divine Nine" is the historically Black Greek fraternities and sororities, known for service and influencing change in the U.S.

Henderson says Harris has paved a way for future generations.

"So many good emotions. It says something that you know, we are able to break those barriers. Glass ceilings have been around for years years and years," she said.

And says she can't wait to see Harris's impact on the nation.

"I'm really just looking forward to seeing the future and all the things she's going to do even after she leaves the office," she said.

Henderson says the public is invited to their virtual watch party tonight at 8:30.