Prospective voters turning out at Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ campaign events often hear about her late mother.

The California senator says she’s the single greatest influence in her life and an inspiration for her White House bid, someone who grounded Harris in the civil rights movement and instilled in her a duty to act rather than complain.

Harris’ mother, Shyamala Gopalan, emigrated from India, went to college in Berkeley, California, at the dawn of the 1960s and was active in protest movements.

This undated photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign in April 2019 shows her as a child at her mother's lab in Berkeley, Calif. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign in April 2019 shows her as a child at her mother’s lab in Berkeley, Calif. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)

Harris says she remembers the cacophony of chants as her parents made their way to marches.

In her autobiography, Harris calls her mother “the reason for everything,” and while campaigning, Harris cites her as a reason why she’s running for the Democratic nomination.

In this undated photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign in April 2019, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, 25, holds her baby, Kamala. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
In this undated photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign in April 2019, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, 25, holds her baby, Kamala. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
In this April 1965 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign, Donald Harris holds his daughter, Kamala. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
In this April 1965 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign, Donald Harris holds his daughter, Kamala. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
In this undated photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign in April 2019, Iris Finegan holds her great granddaughter, Kamala Harris, in Jamaica. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
In this undated photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign in April 2019, Iris Finegan holds her great granddaughter, Kamala Harris, in Jamaica. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
This September 1966 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her during a family visit to the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
This September 1966 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her during a family visit to the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
This January 1970 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her, left, with her sister, Maya, and mother, Shyamala, outside their apartment in Berkeley, Calif. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
This January 1970 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her, left, with her sister, Maya, and mother, Shyamala, outside their apartment in Berkeley, Calif. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
This Dec. 25, 1968 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her with her sister, Maya, on Christmas. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
This Dec. 25, 1968 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her with her sister, Maya, on Christmas. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
This November 1982 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her, right, with Gwen Whitfield at an anti-apartheid protest during her freshman year at Howard University in Washington. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
This November 1982 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her, right, with Gwen Whitfield at an anti-apartheid protest during her freshman year at Howard University in Washington. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign in April 2019 shows her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, left, and her mother's friend, Lenore Pomerance, during a civil rights protest at Berkeley, Calif. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign in April 2019 shows her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, left, and her mother’s friend, Lenore Pomerance, during a civil rights protest at Berkeley, Calif. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)

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