Kamala Harris, a senator from California and a former prosecutor who has a track record in breaking new ground, will become the first woman, first black person, and first person of Asian descent elected to the country’s second highest office.
Following the just concluded presidential election in the United states, Kamala Harris with her ascension to the vice presidency alongside the president elect Joe Biden, will become he first woman and first black woman to hold the office.
From the earliest days of her childhood, Kamala Harris was taught that the road to racial justice was long, as she spoke often on the campaign trail of those who had come before her, of her parents, immigrants drawn to the civil rights struggle in the United States.
Kamala attains the highest position country’s leadership than any woman as ever done, as she is former San Francisco district attorney and also the first Black woman to serve as California’s attorney general.
As she took to the stage in Texas shortly before the election, Ms Harris spoke of being singular in her role but not solitary.
“Yes, sister, sometimes we may be the only one that looks like us walking in that room,” she told a largely Black audience in Fort Worth. “But the thing we all know is we never walk in those rooms alone, we are all in that room together “
When she was elected United States senator in 2016, she became only the second Black woman in the chamber’s history.
Almost immediately, she made a name for herself in Washington with her withering prosecutorial style in Senate hearings.
Harris, daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother had an history in the racial justice issues from her early years in Oakland and Berkeley.
After several years in Montreal, Ms. Harris attended Howard University, a historically Black college and one of the country’s most prestigious.
Harris pursued work as a prosecutor on domestic violence and child exploitation cases.
She speaks easily and often of her mother, a breast cancer researcher who died in 2009, of her white and Jewish husband, Douglas Emhoff, who will make history in his own right as the first second gentlema and of her stepchildren, who call her Momala.
Part of her challenge, especially with the party’s progressive wing she sought to win over, was the difficulty she had reconciling her past positions as California’s attorney general with the current mores of her party. She struggled to define her policy agenda, waffling on health care and even her own assault.