African American with Indian Roots to Address Democratic National Convention

Kamala Harris, the California Attorney General

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Washington, DC – The Democratic National Convention Committee on August 20 announced another list of speakers, including African/Indian American Kamala Harris, the California Attorney General, who will address the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Kamala Devi Harris, born October 20, 1964, is the daughter of an Indian American mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a breast cancer specialist who came to the US in 1960 from Tamil Nadu and a Jamaican American father, Donald Harris, an economics professor at Stanford University.

Elected in 2010, Harris became the first woman, African American, and Asian American attorney general in California, and the first Indian American attorney general in the US.
Harris will speak at the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Democratic party will formally nominate incumbent President Barack Obama as their candidate for the November 6 presidential elections.

Although her mother is a Hindu, Harris was brought up with both Baptist and Hindu teachings and is a practicing Baptist.

The other leaders to address the Charlotte convention are Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, US Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. (IATNS) 

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