A Mother’s Day History Lesson and Tribute to Mom

by Carjamin Scott on May 11, 2018 at 5:22 p.m. CST

Mother’s Day was inspired by Ann Reeves Jarvis. She was a Sunday school teacher, impactful leader, and peacemaker. In the 1860’s, she created Mothers’ Day Work Clubs. The clubs were formed to service many needs: improve infant mortality rates, teach mothers how to care for their children, create jobs for women, raise money for medicinal needs, improve sanitary conditions, inspect bottled milk, and fight disease. Her clubs supported the women and families whose husbands were fighting in the Civil War.

As tensions continued to rise between the confederate and union soldiers, Jarvis instructed the clubs to remain impartial. After the war, she organized an event called Mothers’ Friendship Day. The attendees were neighbors, families, and soldiers of all political beliefs. The event was a success and continued for several years. When Ann died, her daughter Anna hosted a ceremony at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in May of 1907. Every year, the ceremony continued and was officially titled the Mother’s Day ceremonies. In 1914, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation which made Mother’s Day a yearly holiday celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

Mothers are the heartbeat of our nation, they give life, lead, and love. Mother’s Day was created to remind us how important Mothers are. Below are some lessons learned by mothers who continue to motivate their children, provide for their families, uplift communities and care for others every day.

“My mother taught me, Everything in life happens for a reason so make sure you rise from it.” – Virginia Awkward
“Kamilah,  you’ll be able to appreciate things more if you wait for them”
I’ll never forget my mother repeating this to me over and over as she taught me that instantaneous gratification does not groom you for longterm appreciation.
At the tender age of 13, I just had to have my thick eyebrows waxed just like my girlfriends. But no, Jamie said, “wait”.
Three exhausting years later I was able to appreciate that this delay in fact had very little to do with my eyebrows. It had everything to do with me growing patience, slowly marinating into a woman of character (on MY TIME) and accepting that rejection is reality and its ok, because; “not now does not mean NO!”  
Oh yeah, to date, my brows are full and one of my most proud facial features lol.. THANKS MA!” – Kamilah Mimi Brown, DDS 2020
“My mom’s staple quote (she’s says it at the end of all her voicemails) is “As God continues to bless you, pass the blessing on”. It’s really like her catch phrase and her adaptation of the Golden Rule. We’re often told to “thank God for our blessings” but my mom always stressed being a blessing to others. I try my best to always be overly helpful to my friends, family, and strangers when I can. God has blessed me and the people in my life tremendously, so if I can be/when I am a blessing to someone else…I know I’m making my mom proud.” Paula Bugg, M.D. 2020
“My mother taught me several things, put your faith in God because man will disappoint you every time God will not. Love yourself as God loves you and you’ll never allow anyone to treat you less than you deserve. Be a superwoman, you have no other choice. Reflect what you expect, if you’re not growing, you’re just existing. As long as you’re minding your own business, you won’t have time for anyone else’s.” – Ashley Grandberry, M.Ed.
“My mother taught me that my perspective adds value. No one can use my experience and knowledge to draw the same conclusion as me. As such, I should always think independently and trust myself.” – Michelae H. Roberson, J.D.
“My mom has instilled characteristics of what a strong black woman embodies. Love, compassion, God fearing and most importantly a fighting spirit. My mom is someone who never gave up on her goals and I only hope to achieve what she has achieved in her life one day. My mom rocks!!!” – Kaya Senaya, M.S.
“My mother taught me, you are responsible for educating yourself to ensure that things are done the right way.” – Terry Smith, Jr.  B.A.

What lessons have you learned from your mom? What has your mom inspired you to do? Leave a comment.

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Carjamin Scott can be reached at carjamin.scott@gmail.com and you can follow her on twitter @scottcarjie.

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