AFRO’S Mother’s Day Tribute – Baltimore

Cori A. Ramos – Director of Sales & Special Events, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Susan C. Ramos

“She is my everything! My friend, my champion and my cheerleader! I am grateful for her continued support and love she gives me every day! I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without her guidance and unconditional love!”

Robyn B. Dixon – Star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Potomac

Gladys Bragg

“As long as I can remember, my mother, Gladys Bragg, has always been involved in leadership positions in various social and community organizations. I was always so impressed by the hard work and dedication she put into everything she did, despite not being paid to do any of it. My mother’s ability to lead others and effectively run organizations without cutting corners is inspirational. She puts her all into everything she does and always does what she says she will do without ever dropping the ball. Many people have turned to my mother for help because they know that they can depend on her to get the job done! She also leaves lasting impressions on those she works with. I frequently run into a lot of her former students (she formerly taught Marketing at Morgan State University) who all say that “Mrs. Bragg was the best teacher!” To know that my mother has made such an impact on so many people makes me extremely proud of her. I have been so fortunate to learn from watching her lead and can only hope that some of her fantastic skills have rubbed off on me.”

David A. Wilson – President, Morgan State University

Minnie Spencer Wilson (late)

“One of my fondest memories of her was that she made a lot out of nothing and in the process nourished us and fed us as growing children. She was an amazing woman. We grew up very poor in Alabama and oftentimes we struggled to have enough food to eat. There were times when we thought there was nothing to eat and Mom would always go in the kitchen and prepare this amazing meal, out of nothing, it seemed. We were always shocked.”

Jacqueline Jones, Associate Professor and Chair of Multimedia Journalism Dept., Morgan State University

Alice E. Jones

“My mother is everyone’s mother. My friends confided in her and often asked if I wanted to “trade” mothers when they had conflicts with their own. My mom was fun-loving, too – still is in many ways at age 91. When I realized I had met all my requirements and would graduate from college she suggested going out. We went to a bar owned by a friend of hers, then to an after-hours club. We hung out ’til sunrise. My dad fussed when we returned at sunrise, but Ma pointed out that I was chaperoned. Not many folks can say that about their mothers.”

Marilyn J. Mosby, Baltimore City State’s Attorney

Charlotte Mosby

“My mother was 17 years old when she had me. Gave up her dreams and aspirations, she raised me along with my grandmother – my mother is an example of strength that black women have, she’s always been there.”

Kwame Rose, Activist/Blogger/Speaker

Danyelle Rose

“My mother has always been there for me, especially when it came to my high school to ensure I was going to class – I wasn’t the easiest kid to deal with, and I appreciate my mom for always being there during those times.”

Cheo Hurley, Executive Director, Park Heights Renaissance

Maxine G. Hurley

“We all just had brunch with my mom, my wife and my wife’s family down at the waterfront Marriott – she’s in a nursing home now, she’s sick.”

Monica Mitchell, Vice President of Community Development, Wells Fargo and Founding President of the Board, Lillie May Carroll Jackson Girls Charter School

Venecia Catlin-Butler

“My mother instilled in me the power and confidence to BE – to be bold, to be smart, to be compassionate, to be grateful, and to be humble and courageous enough to use my gifts in service to others. She is my inspiration, my role model and the calm and loving voice of my conscious that reminds me to pick myself up and try again when I fall. Every good thing that I am is because of her.”

Dayvon Love, Co-founder and Director of Research and Public Policy, Leaders of A Beautiful Struggle

Karen Williams

“My mother sacrificed a lot for me to have the opportunities that I have today. She worked extremely hard to make sure I had the best possible shot in this world to be successful. One of the memories I am most fond is when my mother would bake cookies. Because of how hard things were when I was a kid she didn’t always have time to do things with my brother and I. But whenever she would bake cookies she would have us help her. To this day when I bake cookies it makes me very happy.”

Farajii Muhammad, Host of Listen Up! on WEAA 88.9 FM & Co-Host of The Larry Young Morning Show on PRAISE 106.1 FM

Kareemah Rasulallah

I was blessed to grow up in a two parent household. My father worked often while my mother, a flight attendant, had to balance between career and family, with the assistance of my grandmother. My mother was highly regarded in our family because she had the spirit to keep us together, in spite of schedules, jobs and other circumstances. She exemplified faithfulness, dignity, compassion, creativity, strength and most importantly, love. While we were very young, my mother exposed my brother, sister and I to the beauty of what it means to be black, in America and beyond. I was taken to everything from lectures about black people, cultural events related to the history of black people and was always taught to appreciate the divine value of my people. My consciousness for our people was shaped by her from the beginning. However, at the age of 10, I lost my mother to cancer. But, even though she is no longer with us physically, her life, her work, and her love will never be lost or forgotten.

Gordon F. May, President / CEO, Baltimore City Community College

Elward L. May

“My mother, who passed away four years ago at the age of 93, attended one of my earliest organized football games in East St. Louis, IL. I was in junior high school. She knew next to nothing about football but she knew her son Gordon was out there playing. She would root for me even on plays in which I was not involved.”