Nikki Grimes, the award-winning author of Bronx Masquerade, will be releasing Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice detailing the life of the senator on August 25th. The children’s book will be illustrated by Laura Freeman and is sure to motivate young girls of color to reach their dreams.
Harris, whose parents emigrated from India and Jamaica respectively, faced numerous adversities as a child due to her ethnic background. On August 11th, presidential candidate Joe Biden chose Harris as his vice-presidential nominee, making the senator the first female African American and Indian American to occupy the position.
In 2019, Harris released her own memoir, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, describing the struggles she overcame within her life and profession.
As a former district attorney in the state of California, Harris revealed the source behind her passion.
Let me tell you, the reason I made a very conscious decision to become a prosecutor was because I am the child of people who, like those today, were marching and shouting on the streets for justice. I am a child of community that was often on the not-great end of law enforcement, in terms of profiling and abuse. And the decision I made was, ‘I’m going to try and go inside the system, where I don’t have to ask permission to change what needs to be changed.’
The senator’s acceptance as the vice-presidential nominee has elicited an abundance of optimism from many across the nation, representing a new hope for a more equal and diverse America.