Here’s why women are wearing pearls and Chuck Taylors on Inauguration Day

It’s Inauguration Day and women — especially Black women — are sporting pearls in honor of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Some are also wearing Chuck Taylors in honor of Harris, who was often seen sporting the shoes on the campaign trail. The hashtag #chucksandpearls is circulating on social media Wednesday.

But why the pearls?

You might have noticed that Vice President Harris is often seen sporting a strand. Harris, the first woman, the first woman of color and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold the office of Vice President also has another series of firsts.

She is also the first graduate of a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to run on a major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris attended Howard University as an undergraduate where she was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s oldest Black sorority.

The pearls are a direct connection to her sorority.

ABC News’ Linsey Davis said the pearl as a symbol of unity and sisterhood for Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded on the campus of Howard University in 1908 and is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women, according to the sorority’s website.

AKA is one of nine Black sororities and fraternities that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council, known as the Divine Nine.

Before the election, USA TODAY spoke to members of AKA. L. Germaine Cheatham-Hemphill, a Delaware State University graduate and AKA member told USA TODAY that the HBCU community is “tightknit.”

“Greekdom, within that, is even deeper,” she said.

“I don’t know that people really understand the real power of Greekdom in the African American community and the seriousness of it,” she said after Harris was named to the Biden ticket. “It stretches from teachers to preachers to lawyers to doctors to housewives, everybody. If you’re an AKA, if you’re Greek in any way, shape or form, you are buzzing. You are excited right now.”

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It’s Inauguration Day and women — especially Black women — are sporting pearls in honor of Vice President Kamala Harris. Some are also wearing Chuck Taylors in honor of Harris, who was often seen sporting the shoes on the campaign trail. The hashtag #chucksandpearls is circulating on social media Wednesday. But why the pearls? You…

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