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Kamala Harris shares rare photo of mother as she talks parents' dream

The US Vice President-elect took to Instagram

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Kamala Harris is taking a walk down memory line ahead of officially becoming the Vice President of the United States on Wednesday. The American politician took to Instagram to share some sweet throwback photos of her mother and sister, revealing the advice her mum always gave her.

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Alongside an image of her mother bottle-feeding her as a baby, Kamala proudly wrote: "My parents were born half a world apart from each other: my mother in India and my dad in Jamaica.

"But like so many others, they came to America in pursuit of a dream. And that dream was a dream for themselves, for me, and for my sister Maya."

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She continued: "Born in Oakland, I was raised by my mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris, one of the few women of color to have a position as a scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. She was all of five feet, but if you ever met her you would think she was seven feet tall.

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"It's because of her that I was raised in a community where we were taught to see a world beyond just ourselves. To be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people.

kamala harris baby photo© Photo: Instagram

Kamala praised her mother on Instagram

"My mother always used to say, 'don't sit around and complain about things, do something.' I've tried to follow that advice every day and live by the example she set. Over the next week before inauguration, I'll be sharing the people, places, and moments that have had an influence on my life. Stay tuned."

The two other snaps showed Kamala and her younger sister Maya as kids, as well as the siblings with their mum. Shyamala, a breast cancer researcher, sadly died of colon cancer in 2009 aged 70.

kamala harris childhood photo© Photo: Instagram

The politician also shared some sweet throwback photos

Kamala's father Donald J. Harris is a retired economics professor from Stanford University. The couple had split when Kamala was seven, with Shyamala winning custody of their daughters.

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