JOAN BOWSER

“When I think back to my childhood days in North Michigan Park in NE, I often wonder how my mom did it all. She is a wife and mother of five children. While working full-time, she enrolled in classes at the University of the District of Columbia. But no matter what, in everything she did, she always put family first. This sense of commitment is one that guides my decisions each and every day. I’m committed to putting our residents first and championing the causes of our underserved communities. I’m committed to not only identifying challenges, but to finding solutions. And I’m committed to continuing to build a local government that makes every resident proud. These are the values that I learned from my mother who selflessly served our family, her friends and our neighbors

My mom reminded me time and time again that no matter what title I had or what job I had to do, I needed to pursue it wholeheartedly and with integrity. I would best use my talents by being the voice for those who could not speak up for themselves. This is why I became an ANC commissioner, a councilmember, and then took the oath of office as mayor. On this Mother’s Day, I thank my mom for the love she’s always shown me and the support she’s generously given me. I stand on her shoulders and I could not be more grateful for the sacrifices she’s made for me and my family. I know that I am here because she’s been by my side every step of the way. And to every mother in the city, I want you to know that I see and appreciate the amazing contributions you make to your families and to our neighborhoods. Thank you for everything you do to make the District of Columbia the best city in the world.”

Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.


SHERITA WHITE-KENNEDY

“My mother, Sherita White-Kennedy and my grandmother raised me during a time when there was a lot of crime in D.C. They taught me to remain focused on reaching my goals and to maximize my talents.”

Trayon White, D.C. Council Member for Ward 8


THELMA “MAMA” WHARTON

Thelma “MaMa” Wharton was a school teacher and school nurse.

“I had two sisters but my mother everybody into our house. All the mother’s in our Baltimore neighborhood were part of a group called the Mother’s Club and they could all could spank us.

My daddy was a preacher and we were in church all day. We were reared on bible verses.

We had to know all the scriptures.

She always reared on proverbs like ‘A hard head makes a soft behind’ or ‘God don’t liked ugly or the sky is the limit.’

If we can impart some of this stuff in our children.”

Linda Wharton, Boyd Veteran Public Relations Executive


PATRICIA ALSOBROOKS

“She is the most unselfish person I have ever met and she has always had the almost supernatural ability to be mindful of ways she could serve, assist, or uplift others every day. She has always displayed uncommon kindness in public and private and has always been the same person of high character even when nobody else was watching. She always taught me to be warm and respectful towards others and I believe she is the best mother and very best friend anyone could ever imagine. I am so lucky that she is my mom.”

Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County States Attorney


MARTHA GRANT

“My mother, Martha Grant has always told me to “Keep God First.”

At the age of 79 she is still working at the Veterans Administration and her motto is “When you serve the people you serve God.”

She has been working for the Veterans Administration for 56 years and she is still working.”

Eugene Grant, Mayor of Seat Pleasant, Md.


ANNIE (ANN) MATTHEWS SUGGS

My mother, the late Annie (Ann) Matthews Suggs, was a remarkable woman who had a major impact on my life. In fact, I am the woman I am today because of her. Her heart was always one, which gave and shared with all. For example, my mother always did the hair for the little girls on our street for Easter and back to school. In addition, every Christmas, she always had gifts for everyone who visited our home. I remain grateful for my mother‘s acts of kindness, which instilled in me in a strong sense of caring, giving and community. Happy Heavenly Mother’s Day

Wanda Lockridge, Chairwoman and Executive Director at William O. Lockridge Community Foundation