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Kamala Harris through her sister's eyes

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August 13, 2020 08:50 IST
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate on August 11.

The decision made history because Senator Harris is the first Black and Asian-American woman to compete on a major party's presidential ticket.

Shortly after the 'historic' announcement was made, Kamala's younger sister Maya Harris shared a video, saying, 'You can't know who Kamala Harris is without knowing who our mother was. Missing her terribly, but know she and the ancestors are smiling today. BidenHarris2020'.

Kamala and Maya are incredibly close and the sisters have been together through it all, as these pictures reveal.

'That day when a little girl from Oaktown became the first black woman to be a major-party vice-presidential nominee... So incredibly proud of you, sis!' Maya posted this image shortly after it was announced that Kamala would be Biden's pick for running mate.
The 55-year-old California senator becomes just the third woman to be selected as the vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket.
Then Alaska governor Sarah Palin was John McCain's running mate in 2008 while New York Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro on the Walter Mondale ticket in 1984.
A searing critic-turned ally of her former rival Biden, Harris had her own presidential dreams which she suspended by the end of 2019, saying she lacked the financial resources to continue her campaign. Photograph: @mayaharris_/Instagram

 

From the moment Kamala announced her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential race on Martin Luther King, Jr Day, no one spent more time at her side than Maya.
The 52 year old was Kamala's campaign chairwoman until she dropped out of the race on August 11, 2019. Photograph: @mayaharris_/Instagram

 

IMAGE: Both Kamala and Maya constantly cite their mother Dr Shyamala Gopalan as a huge influence.
'Don't sit around and complain about things, do something.' This was the mantra given to Kamala and Maya by their mother who was born in Madras and traveled to the US to attend a doctoral programme at UC Berkeley.
Kamala says her mother's advice is what drives her every single day. Photograph: @mayaharris_/Instagram

 

Maya, like so many of us, was absolutely delighted by the news that her sister was Joe Biden's pick for VP, and has been vocal about her support. Photograph: @mayaharris_/Instagram

 

From left to right: Meena Harris, Kamala Harris and Maya Harris.
Meena, Maya's daughter, is a Stanford and Harvard-educated attorney who is working to empower future generations of women.
In June, she published her first children's book about the two sisters, titled Kamala and Maya's Big Idea. Photograph: @mayaharris_/Instagram

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