COLUMBIA — In January 2019, then-U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris attended a posh fundraiser for the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority at the University of South Carolina.
Her appearance wasn’t a coincidence. It was the same week the California Democrat announced she was running for president. She needed to make inroads in South Carolina — an early primary state crucial to her chances of victory.
But the presidential hopeful planned on attending the event in Columbia long before announcing her bid. She is a proud sister of the prominent African American sorority, one that boasts an extensive network of 300,000 members nationwide.
“When we look at where we are in this moment in the history of our country, I think our (sorority) founders gave us the right charge,”…