Senator Kamala Harris of California accepted the nomination to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president last night, embracing the historic nature of her candidacy and name-checking a lineage of trailblazing Black women. She said the night was one that her mother, an immigrant from India, “could have never imagined.”
The first Black and Indian American woman to represent California in the United States Senate, Kamala Harris grew up believing in the promise of America and fighting to make sure that promise is fulfilled for all Americans. Kamala’s father immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica to study economics and her mother immigrated from India. Kamala’s mother told her growing up “Don’t sit around and complain about things, do something,” which is what drives Kamala every single day.
Kamala started fighting for working families in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where she focused on prosecuting child sexual assault cases. From there, she became the first Black woman elected as San Francisco’s District Attorney. In this position, she started a program to provide first-time drug offenders second chances with the opportunity to earn a high school degree and find a job.
"She raised us to be proud, strong Black women. And she raised us to know and be proud of our Indian heritage,"
she said, as reported by NDTV
First Black, First Asian-American Woman for a Major Party In the U.S.
Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate - a decision that made her the first Black woman and the first Asian-American woman to be selected as the vice presidential nominee of a major party in the US. Ms Harris, whose mother was from India and father from Jamaica, made history on Wednesday when she accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president.
In her vice-presidential acceptance speech, Ms Harris, 55, gave a special mention to her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, who was born in Chennai and immigrated to the US for a doctoral programme at the age of 19.
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