Why was purple worn at the presidential inauguration?

In addition to emphasizing bipartisanship, Vice President Kamala Harris wore the color purple to represent Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for president.

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Vice President Kamala Harris, wearing purple, is sworn in at the 2021 presidential inauguration.

On Jan. 20, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States, respectively. Harris is the first woman, Black American, and South Asian American to be vice president.

Many prominent attendees at their inauguration dressed in the color purple. Purple was worn as a symbol to represent unity between the Republicans and the Democrats. Red, symbolizing the Republicans, and blue, symbolizing the Democrats, mixed together forms the color purple.

Former first lady Michelle Obama, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Vice President Kamala Harris decided to wear this color in order to represent peace and bipartisanship in America.

Michelle Obama wore a purple monochromatic pantsuit with a gold belt for Joe Biden’s inauguration. Her outfit was designed by Sergio Hudson.

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Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the 2021 presidential inauguration.

Elizabeth Warren was seen at the 2021 presidential inauguration wearing a lilac purple scarf, while former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate Hilary Clinton also participated in the dress code. Clinton also wore a purple dress after losing the 2016 presidential election to represent peace between Democrats and Republicans.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at the 2021 presidential inauguration.
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Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive at the 2021 presidential inauguration.

Kamala Harris wore a purple dress designed by Christopher John Rodgers when she was sworn in as the Vice President of the United States. In addition to emphasizing bipartisanship, Harris wore the color purple to represent Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for president in 1972.

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Vice President Kamala Harris, wearing purple, is sworn in at the 2021 presidential inauguration.

Purple was used in order to represent peace and unity between the two political parties in America. Democrats and Republicans came together for the inauguration to acknowledge Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s win. After months of feuding between the political parties, inflamed by the refusal of former President Trump to concede the election, Democrats and Republicans sought to show their unity by dressing in purple.