US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris credits her mother for being a great influence in her life.
Sharing photos of her mother nursing her as a baby, Kamala revealed some of her mother’s words that impacted her life.
Their mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, raised Kamala and her sister Maya.
After Gopalan’s divorce, she raised Kamala and Maya mostly as a single mother. Because of this arrangement, Kamala and her mother developed an incredibly close relationship, one that Kamala still views as incredibly formative.
Honouring her mother on Instagram, Kamala wrote:
My parents were born half a world apart: my mother in India and my dad in Jamaica. But like so many others, they came to America in pursuit of a dream. And that dream was a dream for themselves, for me, and my sister Maya.
Born in Oakland, I was raised by my mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris, one of the few women of colour, to be a scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. She was all five feet, but you would think she was seven feet tall if you ever met her. Because of her, I was raised in a community where we were taught to see a world beyond just ourselves. To be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people.
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My mother always used to say, “don’t sit around and complain about things, do something.” I’ve tried to follow that advice every day and live by the example she set.
Over the next week before the inauguration, I’ll be sharing the people, places, and moments that have influenced my life. Stay tuned.