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Kamala Harris to use bible belonging to the first black Supreme Court justice as she takes her oath of office

by Press Association

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will use two Bibles for her swearing-in ceremony, one of which belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court justice.

ABC News first reported the latest details of Ms Harris' inauguration plans.

She once called Mr Marshall, who like Ms Harris, was a graduate of Howard University, one of her "greatest heroes".

The vice president-elect said in a video posted to Twitter that she viewed Mr Marshall as "one of the main reasons I wanted to be a lawyer", calling him "a fighter" in the courtroom.

Kamala Harris will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a history-making event in which the first black, South Asian and female vice president will take her oath of office from the first Latina justice.

Ms Harris chose Ms Sotomayor for the task.

This will be the second time Ms Sotomayor takes part in an inauguration.

She swore in President-elect Joe Biden as vice president in 2013.

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