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HERstory: Kamala Harris


Lexus Harris
March 30, 2021

Kamala Harris, our first woman, African American, and South-Asian American Vice President, acquired many important roles within the criminal justice system throughout her career – achieving the title of an elected District Attorney in San Francisco, California, and then became a U.S. senator.

From the start, Vice President Harris made it clear she would not be the successful woman that she is without the modeling and guidance of her accomplished mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan. Her mother achieved her own success by becoming a breast cancer scientist and activist, inspiring Kamala to be just as influential within her own circles of influence. As a graduate of Howard University, Vice President Harris is also a member of a Divine Nine sorority, my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Furthermore, dedicating herself to a lifetime of service and sisterhood, like, her efforts in trying to preserve Historically Black colleges and universities, and her overall efforts to try and help underprivileged communities, especially during the pandemic.

Outside of her esteemed background, one of her accomplishments that I find great value in is an enactment in 2003 put in place while serving as the District Attorney of San Francisco. She created a program allowing first-time drug offenders to participate in educational programs, granting them the opportunity to earn their high school diplomas and receive assistance towards future employment. This program was recognized by the United States Department of Justice for its innovative efforts.

Vice President Kamala Harris has shown great resilience throughout her years of public service and her active roles within the criminal justice system, if you would like to read more, I have linked a couple of articles below!

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