Updated at 2:46 p.m. ET
California Sen. Kamala Harris says she was bent toward a career fighting for civil rights almost since birth.
The Democrat is the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father who met at the University of California, Berkeley, and were active in the movement during the 1960s.
"I was born realizing the flaws in the criminal justice system," she told NPR's Steve Inskeep.