Progressive leaders see Sen. Kamala Harris, if she’s elected vice president, as their conduit to a post-Biden Democratic Party where the power will be in younger, more diverse and more liberal hands.

Why it matters: The party’s rising left sees Harris as the best hope for penetrating Joe Biden’s older, largely white inner circle…

“People believe Biden when he says ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘We need to address racism in our nation,'” Shropshire added. “But they also believe he’s old school, and in order to solve these problems we actually need newer, progressive ideas — and voices that actually have some experience, direct or indirect, with the problems we’re talking about.”

“I hope she builds on being the only Black and Indian woman to ever serve in this role, but I’d love to see her also not treat that as symbolic,” said Alicia Garza, co-creator of Black Lives Matter movement and founder of Black Futures Lab.