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When it comes to women candidates running for president, or else to be their running mate, [Kamala] Harris is not in a crowded room.
She was not the first black woman to do so when she announced her candidacy at the beginning of 2019, headquartering her campaign in Baltimore. That place in history goes to Democratic congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first woman of colour elected to Congress, and who ran for the White House in 1972.
Nor is Harris the first woman of colour to be nominated for the vice presidency. In 1996 and again in 2000, Winona LaDuke, an indigenous American, was running mate for Ralph Nader, when he sought the presidency for the Green Party.
This year, the Greens’ vice presidential candidate is Angela Walker, a 46-year-old African American activist from Milwaukee. (Suddenly, America has two black women running to be VP.)