US Pesidential candidate for Democrats, Joe Biden, has picked Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the forthcoming election. She is the first black woman to serve in the role.
The California Senator of Indian-Jamaican descent had long been tipped the top candidate for the position.
The ex-Attorney General of California had been a staunch advocate of police reforms amid anti-racism protests.
Biden will challenge President Donald Trump in the November 3, election.
Ms Harris, 55, who has been perceived as the rising star of the Democratic party, dropped out of the presidential race in December.
During the primary election debates, Harris clashed severally with Biden, mostly criticising his praise for the ‘civil’ working relationship he had with former senators who supported racism.
Born in Oakland, California, to two immigrant parents: an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father.
Harris attended Howard University, one of the nation’s foremost historically black colleges and universities. She has described her time at the school as among the most formative experiences of her life.
Always proud of her identity, Ms Harris usually describes herself as “an American”.
In an interview with Washington Post in 2019, she maintained that politicians should not have to fit into compartments because of their colour or background. “My point was: I am who I am. I’m good with it. You might need to figure it out, but I’m fine with it,” she noted.