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Senator Kamala Harris – her Jamaican heritage

Senator Kamala Harris – her Jamaican heritage

( 05 Oct. 2018) — In the midst of dark times in United States political history a bright light emerges on the horizon in Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). In her relatively short time on the national political stage, Senator Harris has established herself as a

Senator Kamal Harris (D-CA)

Senator Kamal Harris (D-CA)

leader and major player. She has elicited quite a bit of excitement in the political milieu of U.S. 2020 presidential politics. She has distinguished herself, repeatedly, during hearings before Senate Committees through her well-articulated and well-informed questioning of witnesses and her comments on relevant issues. Not surprisingly, Sen. Harris is seen as a possible presidential candidate and nominee for the Democratic Party in the 2020 elections.  While we are still a far way from that eventuality, Sen. Harris will continue to be a political force in U.S. politics in the years ahead.

Senator Harris’ emergence as a national political force has not been lost on the Caribbean and Indian diaspora communities in the United States. Her Jamaican roots are being discussed with pride among Jamaican and Caribbean diaspora populations across the United States. Up until now, there has been very little elucidation of the extent of her exposure to her roots. Jamaica Global – Connecting the Jamaican Diaspora Across the World, has now provided us with a detailed narrative of her early years and exposure to her Jamaican heritage in a very informative article – “Reflections of a Jamaican Father” by her father Dr. Donald J. Harris, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Stanford University, California. Dr. Harris sheds light on Senator Harris’ early childhood and her early exposure to her Jamaican roots and culture. Anyone interested in Senator Harris should read this article.

The article which was published on October 1, 2018, is available on the link below:



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Ambassador Curtis A. Ward

Ambassador Curtis A. Ward is a former Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations with Special Responsibility for Security Council Affairs (1999-2002) serving on the UN Security Council for two years. He served three years as Expert Adviser to the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee. He is an Attorney-at-Law and International Consultant with extensive knowledge and experience in national and international legal and policy frameworks for effective implementation of United Nations (UN) and other international anti-terrorism mandates; the legal and administrative requirements to effectively implement and enforce anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT); extensive knowledge of the legal and regulatory requirements for effective implementation and enforcement of United Nations multilateral and U.S.-imposed unilateral sanctions; and the imperatives for Rule of Law and governance. He is a geopolitical and international security analyst, and a human rights, democracy, and anticorruption advocate.


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