The Inspiring Story of Vice President Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, the 49th vice president of the United States, poured inspiration into our hearts. She is known for so many firsts. Firsly and most greatly, she made history as the first woman and first African-American to hold the post. And also, she is the first Indian American to ever come in that front line which is indeed a proud thing for Indians. She had also served in the U.S. Senate and as Attorney General of California. Harris became the first Indian American in the Senate and the second black woman. She broke all the barriers which curbed her from becoming stimulus. 
Ms. Harris was a daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father. Her father, Donald Harris, taught at Stanford University, and her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a cancer researcher and civil rights activist from Chennai. After her parents divorced, Harris and her sister were primarily raised and inspired by their Hindu mother. Her mother took in black culture and immersed her two daughters – Kamala and her sister in it. Even though Harris lived an African-American life, Indian culture embraced her. She usually visited India beside her mother. While she was Vice president, she committed to support India during the tragic situation of coronavirus. 
Growing up, Harris was surrounded by a diverse and challenging community. “My mother understood very well that she was raising two black daughters” she wrote in her autobiography The Truths We Hold. Her adopted homeland saw Harris and her sister Maya as black girls but their mother made sure that they grew up into confident, proud black women. 
She spent four years at Howard University, which was one of the most formative experiences of her life. After Howard, she earned her law degree at the University of California, Hastings and she started her career in the Almeda County District Attorney’s Office. In 2010 Vice President Harris was elected as California’s Attorney General and administered the largest state justice department in the United States. She was the first woman and first black person to serve California’s Attorney General. In 2017, Harris was pledged into the United States Senate. In her first speech, she spoke on behalf of the immigrants and refugees who were under attack at that time. She fought for their better protection. She also served in the Judiciary Committee of Senate. As a Senator, Harris supported providing rent relief, improve maternal health care, fight over hunger, reform cash bail and addressed this crisis as a member of the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public works. Ms. Harris has been married to a lawyer, Douglas Emhoff. She is the stepmother of two children, Ella and Cole who is currently her source of endless joy and love. 
Vice President Harris is often considered close to Barak Obama, the first black American President, who supported her in her various elections. President-elect Joe Biden had told that he would be honoured to serve with Ms. Harris, who will make history as first woman, first Black woman, first Indian American women, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country. In her victory speech, Ms. Harris said that while she may be the first woman to occupy the vice president’s office, she would not be the last. Her victory reflects that no door is closed to Indian Americans in public. She knows the sovereignty of the American dream. Let us all be proud of her and follow her unique routes and habits to pursue our goals.

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