Kamala Harris is the first woman, first African American and first Asian American vice president in the history of the United States. Her motto is, “You may be the first, but make sure you’re not the last.” Harris was born in Oakland, California on October 20, 1964, to Indian American immigrant and breast cancer researcher, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan and Jamaica-born Donald Harris, an emeritus professor of economics at Stanford. The couple met as doctoral students at the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of 1962 and married a year later. They divorced in 1972.
As a toddler she would chant along with her parents as the protested in Berkley. Her interest in politics may have begun when she was 13 and living in Montreal. She and her younger sister, Maya, led a successful demonstration in front of their apartment building in protest of a policy that banned children from playing on the lawn.
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Her favorite books include Native Son by Richard Wright, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. She has also written three books including one children’s book.
Kamala loves to cook and shared her recipe for cornbread dressing on her Twitter account last November.
But mostly, Kamala Harris is a trailblazer for women, African-Americans and Asian Americans. She’s been “the first” to do multiple things. From 2004 to 2010, Harris served as the first woman District Attorney in San Francisco’s history. She was also the first African American woman and South Asian American woman in California to hold the office. After completing two terms in the role, she was then elected as the first African American and first woman to serve as California’s Attorney General.
Vice President Harris campaign colors were yellow, red and blue. This was her nod to the campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for president from a major party.