Entrepreneur Meena Harris talks about Black Lives Matter and her latest book: no one can do everything, but every person can play a role in effecting change.The Juggernaut Editorial Team
The Juggernaut spoke with Meena Harris, founder & CEO of Phenomenal, a female-powered organization that brings awareness to social causes, about diversity in children’s literature, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
This month, Harris published children’s book Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea. She was formerly Uber’s head of strategy and leadership and a senior adviser on policy and communications for her aunt Senator Kamala Harris’s (D-CA) 2016 senatorial campaign. Her grandmother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a cancer researcher and civil rights activist; her mother, Maya Harris, is a lawyer and policy expert.
The following conversation has been edited for length and clarity. Watch the full conversation on Instagram.
You just published a children’s book called Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea, based on a true story about your mother and aunt. You must have a treasure trove of stories from their childhood — why did you tell this story first?
Kamala talked about it on the campaign trail, which kind of sparked my memory, and it’s such a great, universal lesson and one that my grandmother emphasized a lot: the central message of the book is that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Each of us should play a role. That was a huge message — that I have a duty and responsibility to do whatever I can to make positive change in the world.
As I was becoming a new mom and
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