Yesterday (January 21), on the national holiday celebrating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Kamala Harris announced that she is running for president in the 2020 election, a contest that also includes former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Harris is a Democrat Senator who was a prosecutor and attorney general of California.


“The core of my campaign is the people,” she said in a speech at her alma mater Howard University later that day. “Nobody is living their life through the lens of one issue. And I think what people want is leadership that sees them through the complexity of their lives and pays equal attention to their needs. Let’s not put people in a box.”

The people have many thoughts about her announcement—from excitement that Harris (who is both Black and South Asian) will be the second Black woman (after Shirley Chisholm in 1972) to run for president, to concern regarding her record on criminal justice. Here, a few reactions from Twitter.