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Local Biden-Harris supporters celebrate historic inauguration virtually, from brunch to nighttime parties

Biden Inauguration
Posted at 10:50 PM, Jan 20, 2021

HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton Roads Women for Biden-Harris celebrated the swearing in of the 46th President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.

Due to COVID-19 and security concerns, supporters couldn’t attend inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C, in person, but that didn't stop them from partying at home.

"We feel great!" said one attendee.

More than 200 women and a couple men are in their "Pearls and Pajamas." That's the theme for the virtual inaugural ball.

Some attendees included Attorney General Mark Herring, Rep. Elaine Luria and Rep. Bobby Scott.

The ball may have taken place later in the day, but it wasn't the first.

“We have had watch parties all day,” said Jennifer King Congleton.

She’s the mid-Atlantic regional director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Congleton and others watched their fellow sorority sister Kamala Harris take on the role as the first woman and first Black and South Asian vice president of the United States.

“In the middle of the brunch, of course, she was taking her oath. So, there was so much fulfillment, applause and tears,” said Congleton.

Vice President Harris was initiated into the sorority at Howard University in 1986.

Harris often refers to the sorority as her “secret weapon."

“To have a female that you know in the White House as the second in command is a dream come true,” adds Congleton.

And an example for young women.

Related: Hampton Roads celebrates history-making inauguration at home due to pandemic restrictions

"Dream the impossible dream - that is what Kamala Harris did.” She adds.

“Unity” is what supporters of Biden and Harris say they are expecting moving forward.

"I'm looking for years of healing and collaborating.”