Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif) announced her candidacy for president on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hoping to be the first woman, African American woman, and Indian American president of the United States. The significance of the date of her announcement is not lost on the presidential hopeful.
“It’s very important to me,” Harris said on “Good Morning America.” “My parents were very active in the civil rights movement and that’s the language that I grew up hearing and it was about a belief that we are a country that was founded on noble ideals and we are the best of who we are when we fight to achieve those ideals.”
Harris is the child of two immigrants, her mother hailing from India and father from Jamacia. Her parents met in Berkley, California during the civil rights movement. Both were active in the movement, her mother even met Dr. King.
“The thing about Dr. King that always inspires me is that he was aspirational, ” Harris continued. “He was aspirational like our country is aspirational.”
“We know that we’ve not yet reached those ideals, but our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals and that inspires me because it is true that we are a country that — yes we are flawed. We are not perfect. But we are a great country when we think about the principles upon which we were founded and yeah so today, the day we celebrate Dr. King, is a very special day for all of us as Americans and I’m honored to make my announcement on the day that we commemorate him.”
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Sen. Kamala Harris on why she announced her 2020 run on #MLKDay:
Martin Luther King, Jr. "was aspirational like our country is aspirational. We know that we've not yet reached those ideals, but our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals." https://t.co/1p852ttX2I pic.twitter.com/xbo7oK0Arv
— ABC News (@ABC) January 21, 2019
Along with her “Good Morning America” appearance, the senator announced her candidacy through a short social media video that teased a first campaign event in Oakland, California where Harris grew up.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 21, 2019
According to Vanity Fair, her campaign slogan is a nod to her past as a prosecutor, where she would introduce herself in court as “Kamala Harris for the people.”