Meet Kamala Harris, U.S. Presidential Candidate

Kamala Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California, to a Tamil Indian mother and a Jamaican father. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, was a breast cancer scientist who immigrated to the US from Madras (now Chennai) in 1960. Her father, Donald Harris, is a Stanford University economics professor who emigrated from Jamaica in 1961 for graduate study in economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Her name, Kamala, comes from the Sanskrit word for the lotus flower. Her family lived in Berkeley, California, where both of her parents attended graduate school. She was extremely close to her maternal grandfather, P. V. Gopalan, an Indian diplomat. As a child, she frequently visited her extended family in the Besant Nagar neighborhood of Chennai, Tamil Nadu Harris grew up going to both a black Baptist church and a Hindu temple. She has one younger sister, Maya Harris. They both sang in a Baptist choir.

Harris’s parents divorced when she was 7, and her mother was granted custody of the children. After the divorce, her mother moved with the children to Montreal where Shyamala accepted a position doing research at Jewish General Hospital and teaching at McGill University.

After graduating from Montreal’s Westmount High School in Québec, Kamala Harris attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in political science and economics. At Howard, Harris was elected to the liberal arts student council as a freshman class representative, was a member of the debate team, and joined the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Harris returned to California, where she earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1989. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990. Source Wikipedia

Author: Promod Puri

Retired after 40 years of career in journalism. Former publisher and editor of The Link, a South Asian Canadian weekly newspaper from Vancouver, BC. Now a freelance writer. Published my first book titled "Hinduism:beyond rituals,customs and traditions". The book is educational dealing with all the facets of Hinduism. Websites:

One thought on “Meet Kamala Harris, U.S. Presidential Candidate”

  1. Great! People who broke barriers of region and religion also have made history. Matriarchy has competed with the Patriarchy under adverse circumstances. Her Indian descent and Canadian connections give the Indians and the Canadians a feeling of pride.

    I wish Harris all the success.


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