The Truths We Hold An American Journey is written by one of America’s most inspiring political leaders, Kamala Harris. The book is about the core truths that unite us, and efforts to perceive what those truths are and how to act about them.
Kamala Harris is committed to speaking the truth as informed by her upbringing. She is the daughter of immigrants, raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice. Moreover, her parents an esteemed economist from Jamaica and an admired cancer researcher from India. However, they met as activists in the civil rights movement when they were graduate students at Berkeley.
Growing up, Kamala Harris herself never wrapped her passion for justice. When she became a prosecutor out of law school, a deputy district attorney. She quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforcement. She progressed rapidly to become the elected District Attorney for San Francisco, and then the chief law enforcement officer of the state of California as a whole.
By reckoning with the big challenges, we face together, drawing on the hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her. Kamala Harris offers in The Truths We Hold a master class in problem-solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day. Further, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values.
In a book rich in many home truths, not least is that a relatively small number of people work very hard to convince a great many of us that we have less in common than we actually do. But it falls to us to look past them and get on with the good work of living our common truth. Certainly, when we do, our shared effort will continue to sustain us and this great nation, now and in the years to come.
Kamala D. Harris is a lifelong civil safety and civil rights leader and is currently serving as a U.S. Senator from California. She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Then, was elected District Attorney of San Francisco.
She is the second black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. Kamala Harris has worked to reform our criminal justice system. Raised the minimum wage, make higher education tuition-free for the majority of Americans. Moreover, protected the legal rights of refugees and immigrants.