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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