by Carole Copeland Thomas
As we celebrate this Mother's Day, l am reminded of the wonderful connection between our mothers and those who have mentored us.
History of Mother's Day--The Action of One Woman:
The driving force behind Mother’s Day was Anna Jarvis, who organized observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia, Pa., on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration became popular around the country, Jarvis asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. She succeeded in 1914, when Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
In this video I am paying tribute to the women (and men) who raised me at my home church, St. Paul AME in Detroit Michigan. This video shows how important mentoring is between generations. Enjoy!
Happy Mother's Day To All!!
Photos from Top Left: Carole with her Mother, Gwendolyn Charleston Copeland in (circa) 1955. Top Right: Carole with her son, the late Mickarl D Thomas, Jr. 1996. Bottom: Family Collage with daughter, Michelle, Daughter and Son in Law Lorna and Jerome Farquharson, and granddaughters, Julianna and Gabrielle. 2009-2011
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Tributes to mothers have existed in individual societies throughout time, but never in such large numbers before the singular act of one woman who pushed the idea to the international stage. In 1868 Ann Jarvis lit the torch in the ashes of the Civil War by creating an annual memorial for mothers. It was her daughter Anna Jarvis who spread the seed of Mother's Day into the international celebration that it has become today.
Today's show will look at the holiday in its infancy and will trace its growth around the world. From it's beginnings at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in West Virginia to participation in Bangladesh, China and a bit of controversy in Germany...Mother's Day is an international tribute to the untiring work of women who care and nurture children in our societies. No matter the circumstances, from biological birth mothers to sisters, aunts and cousins who stand in the gap, Mother's Day is a celebration of the unconditional love Mothers bring to the world.
And then I will pay tribute to my own Mother, the late Gwendolyn Charleston Copeland, and my daughters, grandmothers, aunts, and cousins who complete the Mother's Day circle in my family.
This show will help you celebrate the resilience of women worldwide whose roles and responsibilities in raising and nurturing children can never be replaced.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.