The sunny day was a perfect backdrop for an early celebration to honor and appreciate the mothers who contribute to the betterment of their neighborhoods. On Thursday, May 11, Councilmembers Heather Hutt and Marqueece Harris-Dawson brought over 500 mothers together for an unforgettable afternoon luncheon filled with music and laughter.
“Gathering as a community to honor and celebrate the incredible contributions of mothers is a powerful reminder of the strength and resilience that lies within us. When we honor our mothers, we honor ourselves. At the luncheon, we witnessed the true essence of South L.A.,” remarked Harris-Dawson.
The luncheon, titled “The Art of Motherhood,” honored all individuals who are mothers or fulfilling a motherly role. The event was emceed by comedian Speedy and memorable performances were given by the Lee Young Nam Dance Company, Chris Reza y Los Servidores, the Blue Breeze Band, and J&P Kick ‘N’ Step Dance Group. Pastor Rashod D. Hall delivered the invocation.
In an effort to reach out to senior citizens in nursing homes who may not have had the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day, the Councilmembers provided buses to multiple nursing homes in their districts to ensure that constituents had safe transportation to and from the event. Many of the seniors expressed appreciation and excitement to attend the luncheon, especially those unable to celebrate with family members.
“Today, we are happy to celebrate mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and anyone who feels the role of motherhood,” said Hutt. “As a single mother of three boys, I know the work it takes to raise children. These people work really hard to bring up our next generation and enrich our community, so it is important that we take the time to support them and make them feel special.”
According to one attendee, “This occasion reflected the warmth and positivity that happens when neighbors come together to celebrate and uplift one another and it shows the profound impact that collective efforts have on building stronger, more connected communities!”