Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Born: 20th October 1964

Birth Place: United States

Known for: Politician: Vice President of the United States.

She was the first Black American or American of Asian descent to be District Attorney in San Francisco.

Harris is the first Black female Vice-President of the United States.

Harris holds the highest position a female has held in U.S. history

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Kamala Harris

Life story

Early Life

Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California, to a Jamaican father, Donald J. Harris and Indian mother, Shymala Gopalan. Her father was an economist and professor, and her mother was a biologist who worked on cancer research. Harris experienced racism from a young age, and many children in the neighbourhoods she lived in were not allowed to play with her because she was Black.


While growing up, she was introduced to aspects of African American and Hindu culture from a young age. Her Hindu grandmother, P.V. Gopalan was a retired Indian civil servant. Kamala has said that she was a great source of inspiration for her and her views on women’s rights. 


After her parents’ divorce when she was seven years old, she moved to Quebec, Canada with her mother. After completing high school, Harris went on to study political science and economics at Howard University, Historically Black University (HBCU), and later went to law school at the University of California.



Harris had a successful legal career. In 1990, it began when she was hired as a Deputy District attorney for a county in California. In 2004, she decided to run for District Attorney of San Francisco. She won and ended up serving as District Attorney from 2004-2011. Harris then became Attorney General of California in 2011, working for six years. She was also Senator of California in 2017.

In 2019, she announced that she was running for president, before eventually being chosen by Joe Biden to be his Vice-President the next year. After tragic incidents that occurred in 2020, Harris became a leading advocate for social-justice reform. 

On 20 January 2021, Harris became the United States’ first female Vice President, which is the highest position a female has been elected to in U.S. history. She is also the first Black and first Asian American Vice President.

Harris’s mother chose the name “Kamala” for her to always be linked to her Indian roots.

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