Thanks Mom!

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

Mother's Day officially dates back to May 8, 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson declared the second sunday in May, Mother's Day.
But, the campaign to honor moms started even earlier.
Laura Fillmore helped organize the Mother's Day Forum downtown to help others learn why we celebrate this day.
"The history of Mother's day is really important and is often mis-appreciated as kind of a hallmark cards and flowers holiday. In the 19th century, the roots for mother's day were based in the peace and justice movement in the reconciliation because of soldiers in the civil war."
Anna Reeves Jarvis and Julia Ward Howe are both credited for the creation of Mother's Day.
In the late 1800s, both women worked to soothe the division caused by the civil war and actively worked as peace advocates and social reformists.
A tradition Lee Dazey says resonated through the day's forum.
"The women who founded this tradition were advocates during the Civil War of peace. I think that's really important today, we live in a time today if you stand up for peace, you could be seen as being non-patriotic. It's important that our country is very much steeped in peace as a patriotic and civic duty."
Shirl More-Byas says mothers represent peace, today and always.
"If everyone across the world, all the mother's got together and say, 'We want peace, we want you to find a peaceful way,' then maybe some of these things would turn around."
Dazey also reminds that a holiday should just be a great excuse to honor a mom or any woman in your life.
"We're honoring mothers, but also those in our community who mother the community."
That's something that Ireri Rives says has been so influential in her life: her mother and those who mother her.
"She has shaped the person who I am and I am forever grateful. And, I am also grateful to all the other moms who have touched me."
Happy Mother's Day.


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