By Line: Ishank Katyal
American politicians and lawyer Senator Kamala Harris has been chosen as the first black woman to serve as White House running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Since people have been protesting over racial injustice going in the nation, Biden was completely pressurized by the demand of the public to select a black woman as his running mate. Kamala Harris is also the first Indian-Jamaican woman to get a major presidential ticket.
Kamala Devi Harris was born in Oakland, California. Her mother Shyamala Gopalan was a Civil Rights activist and cancer researcher. Her father Donald Harris is an emeritus professor of Economics at Stanford University, California.
Kamala Harris has double majored in Political Science and Economics from Howard University. She has also interned as a mailroom clerk for Alan Cranston who was a Senator of California and also earned her Juris Doctor from Hastings College of Law, University of California.
On selecting Harris as his running mate, Joe Biden tweeted:
“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.”
According to the presidential campaign, Biden and Harris will appear together at an event on Wednesday in Biden’s hometown Wilmington, Delaware.
Harris is the second black US Senator who was elected in 2016 and worked for the interest of African-Americans.
Apart from Harris, only two women have been nominated for vice-presidential candidates for a major political party- Geraldine Ferraro for Democrats in 1984 and Sarah Palin for Republican Party in 2008.