Carolyn Kaster/AP
Carolyn Kaster/AP

During her speech, Sen. Kamala Harris discussed the importance of family in her life, referencing the nickname her kids have for her: “Momala”

She said, “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.” 

Harris talked about how her parents, Jamaican and Indian immigrants, met while protesting for civil rights in Oakland in the 1960s.

“My mother and father, they came from opposite sides of the world to arrive in America. One from India and the other from Jamaica in search of a world-class education. But what brought them together was the civil rights movement of the 1960s. And that’s how they met as students in the streets of Oakland marching and shouting for this thing called justice in a struggle that continues today,” she said.

The California senator said her parents would bring her to protests as a little girl “strapped tightly in my stroller.” 


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