Black People : *The Origins of US Mother’s Day*

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  1. Goddess Auset333

    Goddess Auset333 Banned MEMBER

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    *From The Ramparts*
    Junious Ricardo Stanton
    *The Origins of US Mother’s Day*

    /“ The ‘Mother's Day’ antiwar observances founded by Julia Ward Howe in
    Julia Ward Howe is sometimes claimed as the ‘founder of Mother's Day,’
    implying that Julia Ward Howe's June 2nd occasion and Anna Jarvis'
    second-Sunday- in-May event are the same thing. It is even suggested that
    an antiwar and feminist holiday was co-opted by the forces of
    sentimentality, tradition, and Hallmark. But although Mother's Day was
    celebrated in eighteen cities in 1873, it did not take root. It
    continued in Boston for about ten years under Howe's personal financial
    sponsorship, then died out. Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day, celebrated on
    June 2nd, was first proclaimed around 1870 by Julia Ward Howe's Mother's
    Day Proclamation, and Howe called for it to be observed each year
    nationally in 1872. As originally envisioned, Howe's "Mother's Day" was a
    call for pacifism and disarmament by women.” /
    http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Mother%27s_ Day_%28United_ States%29

    Most people in the US would find it ironic that one of the founder’s of
    the “Mother’s Day” was a pacifist who wanted a national day of peace.
    Mrs. Julia Ward Howe was an activist in her day something very unusual
    for the time. She wrote the /*Battle Hymn of The Republic*/ but also
    wrote anti-war poems and lectured widely against war. She was not only a
    lecturer she worked with widows and orphans on both sides of the US Civil
    War (an oxymoron is there ever was one, how can devastation and death be
    considered “civil”?). Howe decided peace was one of the most important
    causes in the world especially given the cultural proclivities of
    Europeans who fought and died at the drop of a hat. In 1870 Howe
    organized women to massively protest war and promote peace. Julia Ward
    Howe was unsuccessful in rising a corps of feminist pacifists but she did
    have an impact on her time. “In 1870, Julia Ward Howe took on a new issue
    and a new cause. Distressed by her experience of the realities of war,
    determined that peace was one of the two most important causes of the
    world (the other being equality in its many forms) and seeing war arise
    again in the world in the Franco-Prussian War, she called in 1870 for
    women to rise up and oppose war in all its forms. She wanted women to
    come together across national lines, to recognize what we hold in common
    above what divides us, and commit to finding peaceful resolutions to
    conflicts. She issued a Declaration, hoping to gather together women in a
    congress of action.

    She failed in her attempt to get formal recognition of a Mother's Day for
    Peace. Her idea was influenced by Anna Jarvis, a young Appalachian
    homemaker who had attempted starting in 1858 to improve sanitation
    through what she called Mothers' Work Days. She organized women
    throughout the Civil War to work for better sanitary conditions for both
    sides, and in 1868 she began work to reconcile Union and Confederate
    neighbors.” http://womenshistor library/weekly/ aa013100d. htm

    I find it interesting to learn the origin of Mother’s Day centered around
    peace and equality. By today’s customs and advertising campaigns you
    would never know there were some serious pacifist feminists who spoke out
    and attempted to enshrine the notion of peace on the US public
    consciousness. If Julia Ward Howe were around today she would probably be
    denounced by the Bu$hites and NeoCons as giving aid and comfort to
    “terrorists” and the enemy, such is the twisted mentality of the
    warmongers and fascists who currently rule AmeriKKKa. This weekend the
    AmeriKKKan economy will get a much needed boost with all the money spent
    on flowers, dinners, gifts and presents that will be given, more often
    out of guilt or custom than real love. Meanwhile the real reason for
    Mother’s Day, peace, has been flushed down the collective consciousness
    memory hole.

    Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis saw the horrors and devastation of the US
    Civil War and were moved to act. They acted out of a true sense of
    humanity, something unusual for white women to do especially during those
    times. Today the US corporate media keeps the images of
    AmeriKKKa’s numerous wars suppressed and as sanitized as possible so Joe
    and Jane Sixpack will not make the connection between the death, carnage
    and chaos US imperialism is causing around the world and their tax
    dollars. What if millions of AmeriKKKan women decided to act on their
    conscience and conviction for peace like Julia Ward Howe, Congresswoman
    Barbara Lee the only Congress critter with the wisdom and courage to buck
    the White House and vote against Bu$h’s War on Terrorism or Cindy Sheehan
    who lost her son Casey in Iraq to renounce war and killing? What impact
    do you think this would have on AmeriKKKan policy? Do you think the
    corporate mind control apparatus could suppress such a movement? Do you
    think warmongering fascists like **** Cheney, Richard Perle, Charles
    Krauthammer or Hillary Rodham Clinton could overpower the conviction and
    passion of motherhood at its’ best? Do you think AmeriKKKa could remain
    asleep and apathetic to the harm and horror this nation is causing around
    the world if everyday ordinary mothers galvanized themselves in a
    movement of extraordinary passion and fervor for peace?

    As you scramble to spend and celebrate Mother’s Day 2007 stop for a
    minute, reflect on the original Mother’s Day, the non-commercial and
    corporate co-option of Julia Ward Howe’s and Anna Jarvis’ idea of peace.
    Stop and think about how powerful the idea of peace is. Ask yourself if
    we actually thought enough of ourselves and loved ourselves enough to
    believe peace is a practical possibility, what would it take to make
    peace a reality. Julia Ward Howe and Ann Jarvis saw the devastation and
    suffering of war. Unlike them, we have turned a deaf ear to the cries of
    humanity. Unlike them we keep mindlessly running the rat race, oblivious
    to the carnage and suffering our government is causing. By our cowardice
    we are allowing the warmongers and fascists to wreck havoc on our planet.
    What would happen if we decided to be like Anna Jarvis and Julia War Howe
    and actively press for peace, make peace a priority and our reality? Food
    for thought on this Mother’s Day 2007.


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    ...I don't buy my Mother or Father anything on "Mother's/Father's Day." Us being in each other's presence is good enough.

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    Goddess Auset333 Banned MEMBER

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    Beloved Mighty Warrior Kwabena:

    I Am one with you and that applies to all these so called HO-LIE-Days.

    Our presence is a :star: Gift :star: to each other.
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    Goddess Auset333 Banned MEMBER

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    Mother's Day origins In ancient Kemet/Egypt

    Ptah SekerAusar from another site writes:

    Mother's Day origins In ancient Kemet/Egypt
    It is a little-known fact that the festival known worldwide as Mother's Day has its roots in ancient Kemetic/Egyptian civilization.

    The ancient Kemetic/Egyptians worshipped the goddess Isis, who embodied the virtues of the archetypal Egyptian wife and mother.

    She was the sister-wife of Osiris/Asuar and mother of Horus/Heru, and hence became the symbolic mother of the king, who was himself regarded as a human form of Horus/Heru.

    Isis is better known as the devoted wife of AsuarOsiris, who had been killed by Set/Satan, the god of evil. His corpse was dismembered and the pieces scattered.

    The worship of Isis spread from the Delta region throughout the Upper/Kush/Ethiopia /Nubia and Lower Kingdoms/EgyptLuxor /Thebs/Waset. The Aset/Isis cult survived well into the times of the Ptolemaic and Graeco Roman eras. While Aset/Isis worship, with all the paraphernalia of priests and ritual, became widespread in the Roman Empire, her most famous sanctuary that can be seen to this day is on the Island of Philae.

    Pharaonic literature is full of proverbs and accounts about the respected position of mothers.

    Motherhood was held in high esteem by the ancient Kemetic/Egyptians, who believed that mothers are God's gift to Earth where He kept the secrets of life.

    A judge in an ancient Kemetic/Egyptian court of law might ask if the defendant had “satisfied his mother's heart.†The same should be put to present-day generations.

    Well, it seems that the terms Mother and Hood have their roots in the names of the Mother-goddesses of ancient Kemet. Mother is none other than an extension of Mut, the vulture-goddess, while Hood is synonymous with Het, meaning the House, Hut, the shelter, the covering, hence the term Hood.
    -Djehuti Sundaka

    Ancient Kemetic/Egyptian language of mdw ntr - "Mdu Neter Sacred Words written and spoken words hieroglyphs mother was something like Mawat.
    But, it remains that the Kemetic Mut, Ma is the older of the modern Mother.
    How it is that they probably have a common origin? Because "Mdr" is not an extension of "Mwt" but both are possible extensions of "M" (Ma/Mo). Even today, the pronunciation of "Mwt" is "Maaw", from Ma to Mut! At least its a possibility or the likelihood of their common origin.

    Lastly, the so-called English Hood has more than one connotation, which is the suffix used in words like "motherhood" and your own recent use of the word "likelihood" . The connotation of "mother-covering" or "likely-covering" . I had expounded upon the only use of "hood" that is relevant to its presence in the word "motherhood" . There are two different meanings of "hood" because they come from two different origins. Just because they've come to be spelled the same in modern English doesn't make them the same Kemetic/Egyptian in origin.

    However, there are cases where the spelling gives their origins away, which just so happen to be ancient Kemetic terms, that can also be found among the rest of the languages of Afruika.

    I think you've gotten the point about the term hood,
    Anyway, the Kemetic Het is the same as the terms hut, hat, hood and house, which refer to coverings of something or some thing, serving as the protector of that which is being covered, just as Hathor is the protector or house of Heru.

    Hood is that covers a thing? It the same as the Kemetic Het, which is the root of the Hut, Hood and House. Therefore, the English Hood, even in the sense that you proscribe, is a quality of Being, the Covering, the Houser and Protector of the Child, as is the Mother, the Kemetic Ma, Mut and Het-hor. Even in the term Metropolis, we have the Mother City in one sense of the prefix Metro.

    "Mwt" and "Mother" probably have an ultimate common origin but one is not the extension of the other. "Mwt" had probably been pronounced something like "Mawat" while "Mother" derives from "Modor". "Hood" as used in "motherhood" , "fatherhood" , "sisterhood" , "brotherhood" , "womanhood", "manhood", "neighborhood" , "nationhood" , etc. is an English suffix indicating a quality of being, not a covering.
    --Ptah SekerAusar
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