In honor of National Women’s History Month, I have showcased a different woman each Monday this month. What better way to end this month, than recognizing our Vice President Kamala Harris?
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Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. Reared in a predominantly African American neighborhood of Berkeley, she was brought to civil rights demonstrations as a toddler and sang in a Baptist choir.
Kamala attended Westmount High School in Quebec. She attended Howard University in Washington DC, where she graduated with a B.A. in political science and economics. She then enrolled at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she earned her J.D. in 1989.
1990 – after earning admittance to the State Bar of California, VP Kamala began her career as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County.
1998 – Kamala became managing attorney of the Career Criminal Unit in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
2000 – Kamala was appointed chief of the Career Criminal Unit’s Community and Neighborhood Division, during which time she established the state’s first Bureau of Children’s Justice.
2010 – Kamala became California’s attorney general, making her both the first African American and the first woman to hold the position.
2012 – Kamala quickly made an impact in her role by pulling out of negotiations for a settlement from the country’s five largest financial institutions for improper mortgage practices, eventually scoring a $20 million payout that was five times the original proposed figure for her state.
2013 – Kamala also made waves for her refusal to defend Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot measure that was deemed unconstitutional by a federal court. After the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an attempt to appeal the ruling in 2013, Kamala officiated the first same-sex marriage in California since Prop 8 was initially enacted.
2016 – Kamala became the second African American woman and the first South Asian American to enter the Senate.
2020 – Kamala was announced as the running mate of presidential hopeful Biden, who was once his political rival. President Elect (at that time) Biden said. “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with my son Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.” You go VP Kamala!
On November 7, 2020, she became the first female vice president and first Black person and Asian American to hold the position.
I will conclude this with one of her quotes:
“What’s important for my daughter to know is that… if you are fortunate to have opportunity, it is your duty to make sure other people have those opportunities as well”. Amen!!
Let us celebrate Vice President Kamala Harris today!
God bless you,
In his service,