PHOTOS: Kamala Harris visits Philly’s West Oak Lane

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris tours Philadelphia's West Oak Lane neighborhood on Thursday, 9/17/20 (Philadelphia Tribune photo by Samaria Bailey)

By Samaria Bailey

PHILADELPHIA — Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris toured Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood Thursday, where she met with residents and spoke with business leaders.

Harris, a U.S. senator from California, traveled to Philadelphia for a “Sister to Sister:Mobilizing in Action” event with female Black leaders. The event was moderated by singer and entertainer Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Harris sat at a table a few feet away on either side from the moderators and a few feet away from the dozen women participating in the conversation. While the fence between the backyard and the road was blacked out to obscure neighbors’ views of the event, people remained outside on the street with Biden-Harris and Black Lives Matter signs. Some of them stood on stoops across the street trying to peer in.

A few people packed the stoop right behind Harris where they could look in. At one point, when Harris was talking about the need to get kids back to school, she turned to a man on the stoop who pointed to her and nodded in agreement.

Harris’ running-mate, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, was set to participate in a CNN town hall in Moosic, Pa. on Thursday night. The Capital-Star will have the details on that televised session.

 

Samaria Bailey is a reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, where this story first appeared. Washington Post pool reports are included in this story.