“I’m so proud of my four daughters; rasing them as a single parent and seeing them go on to become successful young Black women is truly my greatest accomplishment.” –Marsha Vivinate
Marsha Vivinate is the person who first introduced me to Kamala Harris. Marsha told me many years ago that Kamala Harris was a fast growing superstar in the Democrat Party. Marsha would go on to write five essays on Kamala Harris and I don’t know of anyone who knows more about the life and rise of Kamala Harris. I have wanted to interview Marsha for over a year. I am thankful she agreed to do this interview with me today.
Q) How are you doing in the face of Covid-19?
A) I am blessed. I am a strong believer in science. I believe in being fully vaccinated, booster shot, always wearing my mask and santitizing frequently has protected me from Covid-19.
Q) What is your ambition for 2022?
A) In 2021, I worked exceptionally hard to achieve a goal that happened this year. I have a passion for working with and helping battered women and their children experiencing domestic violence. I am a survivor. Together with my sister, this year, we will be launching a brand new nonprofit business pertaining to assisting battered women to help move them beyond the darkness and soar into a new life of independence.
Q) What do you hope for?
A) It is my hope that the impact our services will provide in the community aspiring new dreams to women who have otherwise given up hope.
Q) Are you a registered Democrat?
A) Yes, I am a registered Democrat.
Q) What do you tell young people about MLK when you have to give a speech in San Francisco?
A) I express to young people, it is not about being powerful, rich, or famous in the eyes of your peers. Dr. King was not looking for fame. He was a peaceful powerhouse with a vision and he was a great leader.
Q) Do you have a favorite MLK quote?
A) “Everyone has the ppower for greatness, not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
Q) What is the best investment you’ve ever made?
A) Investing on behalf of my children.
Q) Do you remember your favorite teacher in high school?
A) Yes, I do remember my favorite teacher; she was a Black woman from France with this beautiful accent. Miss LeCompte, she was petite and elegant and she was the first person to tell me,
“Marsha, there’s something very special about you. Your IQ and talents are way abovenormal.” Miss LeCompte alsobought me a beautiful prom dress to wear to my senior prom. My parents religion would not allow them to buy a prom dress for me, or even go to dances.
Q) What college did you go to?
A) San Jose State University.
Q) Someone told me you are related to Muhammad Ali, is this true?
A) Yes, I am related to the great Muhmmad Ali through my grandmother.
Q) What is your favorite vacation memory?
A) I took a vacation to Miami, Florida and it was simply amazing. I was introduced to so many exciting people who ended up being my close friends today.
Q) What are your feelings about Vice President Harris?
A) Vice President Kamala Harris is thee pheonomenal woman of the century! She’s blazed trails no other woman in the history of the United States. She is the future and will be the First woman of the USA.
Q) How long have you followed her rise in the Democratic Party?
A) I’ve followed her career since 1990 and have watched her become a superstar in the Democratic Party. She earned her spot with that brilliant mind. Like the great Shirly Chisholm, she is unbought and unbossed.
Q) I know you’ve written many essays about Kamala Harris; have you ever sent her copies of your articles?
A) I”ve never sent her copies ofmy essays although I have a sneaky feeling she may have read them on Twitter.
Q) Alot of very famous people follow you on Twitter, do they know you are an advocate for abused women and children?
A) I hope my followers are aware that I am a strong advocate and also a survivor of domestic violence. I write about domestic violenece especially during the month of October- Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Q) What is the one lesson your mother taught you that you have taught your four daughters?
A) I was molested as a young girl and my dear mama taught me to love myself and I taught that to my four beautiful daughters.
Q) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere in San Francisco with anything on it, what would it say?
A) Ummmm interesting question.
“Let us learn to live together in harmony, peace, andlove no matter the color of our skin.”–Marsha Vivinate
You can follow Marsha Vivinate on Twitter………. @marsha_vivinate
“I want young men and young women who are not alive today… to know and see that these new privileges and opportunites did not come without somebody suffering and sacrificing for them.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.