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Berkeley may name Kamala Harris childhood home a landmark

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The Berkeley City Council Tuesday will consider rule changes in an effort to name the childhood home of Kamala Harris a landmark, reports ABC7 News.

Current rules only allow sites where historic events occurred to be named landmarks. The new rules would expand that to include homes of historic residents.

Harris spent much of her childhood in Berkeley East of San Francisco after being born in nearby Oakland, according to CBS5.

Her Jamaican American father and Indian American mother embraced the Black community while recognizing their Indian American heritage with the naming of their children, Kamala Devi and Maya Lakshmi, and trips to India.

They worshipped at the Pentacostal Church and attended a Black cultural center called the Rainbow Sign.

The couple divorced shortly after Kamala’s birth, but many of the families closes friends were Black people who Kamala referred to as aunts and uncles. The Vice President would eventually attend Howard University, a Black historic college.

“Her election as the first woman, African American and South Asian American to be elected to the second highest position in the country are historic achievements that must be honored,” said Berkeley Councilmember Kate Harrison.

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