What will May 9th mean to you?

By Perly Viasmensky
This coming Sunday we celebrate Mothers Day. I want to take the opportunity to wish a wonderful day to some of the women I know that I consider to be wonderful mothers.
As happens every year, my first thought goes to our Managing Editor, Maramis Choufani, who has done a wonderful job educating her three sons and a perfect lady who is her daughter. Happy Mothers Day to Glendene Grant, Blanca Gonzalez-Rivera, Rita McClain, Ana Cecilia Zaldivar, and all the mothers of the world.
Now, to all those racist people who even dislike people of their own race. Do you know the actions of many African-American mothers that have made them famous? There is no reason to hate the most important persons in our lives, just because some insensitive people believe in racism.
Maya Angelou, before earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom and gracing the world with her breathtaking poetry, dropped out of high school at 14 and became the first woman cable car conductor in San Francisco. A single mother to her son, Guy, when she was 17, Angelou supported him and herself by working as a waitress and a cook, while still finding time for her creative passion. She eventually became an award-winning writer, musician, journalist, political activist, and educator.
Dr. Mayme Clayton believed that children should know that Black people have done great things and she dedicated 40 years of her life to make it so. She accumulated a vast collection of Black literature, documents, photographs, books and memorabilia that was shared first as a bookstore and later as a library out of her home and her garage. This respected collection grew to become a treasured resource for scholars and communities in Los Angeles and abroad. She was also a wife and mother of three sons.
Josephine Baker, performer and war hero, after facing racism in the states, found more acceptance and an extremely successful career in Paris. When she returned to the states many years later, she actively fought against discrimination, earning her a day of recognition by the NAACP. In addition to being an activist, she was a war hero for the French Army during World War II. Baker was also the adoptive mother of 12 children, which she called the “Rainbow Tribe” because of her children’s diverse ethnic backgrounds, to prove people could exist no matter their origins.Some of Nina Simone’s most notable songs were Civil Rights songs such as “Young, Gifted, and Black” and “Mississippi Goddam,” which was an original song in memory of the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing and the murder of Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers. Simone was also the mother of Lisa Simone.
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, the Black female congresswoman speaking against racism in the 1970’s is definitely an achiever, but serving in office as a mother was even more impressive back then. She was mother to her stepdaughter Christine, and became most recognized as the first woman to serve in Congress while expecting a child.
There is no reason to hate each other because one’s skin color might be lighter or darker than some others. Mothers Day is every single day of the year. And for those mothers who are no longer with us, let’s say a prayer, while we wish all those who are still among us a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY — enjoy your special day!
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at pviasmensky@lasvegastribune.com.

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