It’s not every day that we take time to celebrate the women who have influenced our lives and helped to shape us into the people we are today.
The modern idea of the holiday was celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, Va. Jarvis’ campaign to have Mother’s Day recognized as a holiday began in 1905, when her mother passed.
In the beginning her mission was to honor her own mother by continuing her work, and to set aside a day to honor mothers — “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”
I hope this letter reaches the people whom I am writing. I invite you, the reader, to help me share this letter with as many black men and black boys as you can. The Trayvon Martin murder and joke of a trial has created a much needed movement to rescue and save you, us. There are people (of all racial and ethnic backgrounds) all across this country participating in marches, community meetings, think tanks and political forums trying to bring about more protection for the black male.
The past month has reminded all of us in Lincoln Parish that athletics are truly a microcosm of life, including celebrating success and saying goodbye to our dearly departed.
It was only a month ago that we lost former Louisiana Tech quarterback and Ruston High School football coach Billy Laird. And on Sunday we learned of the death of former Ruston High School coaching legend Jimmy “Chick” Childress.