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Colombia elects Francia Marquez first Black Vice President in nation’s history, becoming the Kamala Harris of South America

The South American nation of Colombia has elected Francia Marquez as vice president. When she takes office on August 7, she will make history as the first ever Black person to hold the position, and is now dubbed by some people the Kamala Harris of South America.

P20210120CK-0507: Vice President Kamala Harris, joined by her husband Mr. Doug Emhoff, takes the oath of office as Vice President of the United States Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Marquez ran with president-elect Senator Gustavo Petro, who will make history himself by becoming the nation’s first president to identify as a leftist.

Francia Marquez’s election is being celebrated by many as a mark of progress for Colombia, where racial discrimination and a racial wealth gap have been ongoing concerns.

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