The war on drugs had erupted, apartheid was raging, Jesse Jackson would soon make the campus a staging ground for his inaugural presidential bid. Running for student office in 1982 at Howard University — the school that nurtured Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison and Stokely Carmichael — was no joke. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has been known to break the ice with voters by proclaiming the freshman-year campaign in which she won a seat on the Liberal Arts Student Council her toughest political race. Those who were at the university with her are not so sure she is kidding. It was at Howard that the senator’s political identity began to take shape. Thirty-three years after she graduated in 1986, the university in the nation’s capital, one of the country’s most prominent historically black institutions, also serves as a touchstone in a campaign in which political opponents have questioned the authenticity of her black identity. “I reference … [Read more...] about A political awakening: How Howard University shaped Kamala Harris’ identity
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Feb. 12, 2019, 6:25 PM GMT By Shiv Dass, 82, recalls fondly the time he met Hillary Clinton when she visited Jackson Heights, in the Queens borough of New York City, while campaigning in the 2016 presidential election. Dass, the owner of Lavanya, an Indian apparel store on 74th Street for almost a quarter century, described the Clintons as having a close relationship with the Indian-American community, owing in part to what he said was Bill Clinton’s support of India when he was president. Now that a woman with Indian roots, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is running in the 2020 presidential race, Dass, a Democrat, will have some decisions to make. “I am proud that she is Indian, but I will not support her because she is Indian,” Dass, who immigrated to the United States in 1966, said. “I will support her if she is good for us, good for the country.” Harris, who kicked off her campaign in her hometown of Oakland in late January, was born to a Jamaican … [Read more...] about In Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign, Indian Americans want more opportunities to connect
(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Kamala Harris, a US senator from California and 2020 presidential candidate. Personal:Birth date: October 20, 1964 Birth place: Oakland, California Birth name: Kamala Devi Harris Mother: Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a physician Read More Marriage: Douglas Emhoff (2014-present) Education: Howard University, B.A. political science and economics, 1986; University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1989 Religion: Baptist Other Facts:First African-American, first woman and first Asian-American to become attorney general of California. First South Asian-American attorney general in the nation. First Indian-American and second African-American woman to serve as a senator. First African-American woman to represent California in the Senate. She is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants. Grew up attending a black Baptist church and a Hindu temple. Her name comes from the Sanskrit word meaning "lotus" flower. … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris Fast Facts
Who is Kamala Harris and why is she a big deal in California politics? California's attorney general announced Tuesday that she'll seek the Senate seat of retiring Democrat Barbara Boxer. Here are some things about Harris to know: Three "firsts" Harris hit three political milestones as state attorney general. She is the first woman, first African American and first Asian American to serve in the post. Dr. Shyamala Gopalan, Harris' mother who died in 2009, was born in India. Donald Harris, the Democrat's father, immigrated from Jamaica and taught economics at Stanford University. Bay Area base Harris was born in Oakland, and her political base is in the San Francisco Bay Area, California's liberal stronghold. Boxer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California's senior senator, are both from the Bay Area. Harris got her start as a prosecutor on child sexual assault cases in the Alameda County district attorney's office, before being elected district attorney of San Francisco in … [Read more...] about Seven things to know about Kamala Harris
In 2008, our mother asked my sister, Maya, and me to meet her for lunch. When we arrived, our mother didn’t seem like herself. We wondered what was going on. Then she took a deep breath and reached out to us both across the table. “I’ve been diagnosed with colon cancer,” she told us. I know that many can relate to the emotions I felt in that moment. Even just reflecting back on it now fills me with dread. It was one of the worst days of my life. The hard truth is that every one of us will go through an experience like that sooner or later, whether it is coming to terms with a loved one’s terminal illness or experiencing our own. My mother was a breast cancer researcher. She understood, from a career of looking at cancer cells under a microscope, that no matter who we are or where we are from, our bodies are essentially the same. They work the same way — and they break She got sick before the Affordable Care Act became law, back when it was still … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris: Everyone Gets Sick. And We Deserve Better.