New Book Sheds Light On A Different View of Kamala Harris

“Vice President Kamala Harris: Her Path to the White House” authored Malaika Adero will be officially released Nov. 16 and it provides a new look at her journey to greatness. The photographic biography contains more than 100 photographs, quotes, commentaries as well highlights from some of her notable campaign speeches.

Madam Vice President Kamala Harris’ applaudably shattered age-long barriers with her win becoming the first African American, first South Asian American, first Caribbean American to take on the esteemed post.

Readers will get to see a previously unseen side of Harris, an alumna of a historically Black college and university (HBCU) and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc.

Malaika Adero, author of “Vice President Kamala Harris: Her Path to the White House,” has worked on books with many noted personalities, including Spike Lee, T.D. Jakes, George Clinton, Walter Mosely, Zane, Pearl Cleage and Blair Underwood.

Adero told the Examiner she believes “Vice President Kamala Harris Her Path to the White House” can serve as a primer on Harris and her life.

“As a researcher, I went to local news media in Jamaica and Chennai, India, where her parents are from. They had a lot to say about Kamala,” said Adero. “There was a conversation that this woman was one of us.”

There are three sections in this Harris biography, each with several sub-sections. The first section, “An American Girl,” lets readers in on life in Berkeley, Calif., during the 1960s. Harris was born into activism which was on the rise in the Bay Area, especially among Black and brown people. Think about the Black Panther Party in Oakland or the Rainbow Sign, a Black cultural center in Berkeley.

“It’s not my story but I could relate to it,” said Adero.

Section Two, “A Pursuit of Justice,” zeroes in on educational and cultural influences including her time at Howard University as an undergrad and law student and her embrace of AKA, institutions that Adero says formed a major support system during the 2020 presidential campaign. This section was a thrill for Adero, a graduate of Clark Atlanta University (formerly Clark College and Atlanta University) in Atlanta, Ga.

Section Three, “She Leads,” is my favorite. Through words and photos, readers see how Harris interacts with others and how they respond to her. Pictured are her children, parishioners, a drumline, politicians, President Biden, her husband Douglas Emhoff and her family.

Adero has a background in corporate publishing at Simon and Schuster, Atria and Amistad Press. This large-size Harris biography in photos and words would commonly be considered a “coffee table” book. But once you start reading it, you won’t put it down.

“This is a book that would have been published by Ebony magazine as a special occasion piece,” said Adero about her Harris biography. “Because she was the first, she definitely gets a prime spot on the coffee table.”

“Vice President Kamala Harris Her Path to the White House” is from Sterling Publishing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes and Noble. The book is currently available on a preorder basis in advance of the Nov. 16 availability in bookstores.

 

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