Today, Kamala Harris shared a heartfelt note for her mother on Instagram and spoke about how she has inspired her throughout her life. The soon-to-be sworn in vice-president acknowledged her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris in a recent post and said that her parents were “born half a world apart from each other: my mother in India and my dad in Jamaica.” In the Instagram post, the 55-year-old shared photos of a young Shyamala Gopalan holding a baby Kamala Harris and feeding milk to her. Harris is the 2020 US Vice President-elect, the first woman of Indian-origin and the first person of South Asian origin ever to do so.
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“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 for my sister Maya,” she wrote. The second photo is a collage of two throwback photos from a time when Harris sisters were children. The third photo is of their mother holding the young sisters’ hands on a road.
“She was all of five feet, but if you ever met her you would think she was seven feet tall. It’s because of her that 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,” Harris wrote about her breast cancer researcher mother.
Shyamala Gopalan was a single parent and Harris said that she has followed her mother’s advice every day. Harris will become the first woman to be sworn in as Vice President of the US, come January 20, next week.
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