Alpha Kappa Alpha Values, and Why I Proudly Support Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate

Adia Z. May is an attorney and a long-time Kamala Harris supporter.

Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time. – Marian Wright Edelman, President & Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund & Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha

On January 15, 1908, a group of college-aged women created Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), the very first African American Greek letter sorority. Their call to action of “service to all mankind” still rings true to this very day, which marks the sorority’s 108th anniversary. That call to service is one of the main reasons why I pledged AKA as a Howard University student, and it’s the same call that Kamala Harris answered when she too was a student at Howard.

The AKA tenets of academic achievement, ethics, unity and friendship, and improving the lives of women and girls were values I recognized in Kamala when I first started volunteering for her campaigns. I proudly support her not only because she is my AKA Soror, but also because she exemplifies these core values through her actions.

Kamala continues to advocate for our young people, she consistently emphasizes the importance of education, and she cares about women’s rights and developing programs to help young girls. Last but not least, Kamala continues to be of service to Californians, whether she is at the state capitol or out in communities speaking with individuals about their concerns. Kamala truly has a heart for the people.

Kamala and Adia PicI remember Kamala’s first campaign for Attorney General of California: she was the “underdog,” but she was relentless. I was in awe of Kamala’s ability to captivate rooms by eloquently articulating a real agenda for the AG’s office. She’s followed through on making those goals become a reality through innovative processes. For example, the newly launched OpenJustice tool makes important data collected from law enforcement agencies available to the public.

I support my Soror Kamala in her race for United States Senator because she’s already demonstrated what she can accomplish, from her time as a young leader on Howard’s campus, to her tenure as California AG. Still, Kamala has so much more work to do for Californians like me, and I know there is no better candidate for the job.

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