In 2020, when I learned that Ahmaud Arbery was born on Mother's Day and what would have been his 26th birthday also landed on Mother's Day I wrote this prayer. It broke me to realize that instead of celebrating this special day with his family Ahmaud was brutally murdered in a act of senseless racism.
I also recognize that later on this month will mark the two year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd who's last words were calling for his deceased mother. I've also added his mother's name and that of Ma'Khia Bryant to the prayer.
This Mother's Day please join me in praying for Black mothers, the ones who are named here and the ones who's names we'll never know.
I pray for the day where the humanity of Black mothers and our children are cherished.
A PRAYER FOR BLACK MOTHERS
We pray for Wanda Jones, Ahmaud Arbery’s mother.
We pray for Allison Jean, Botham Jean’s mother.
We pray for Charmaine Edwards, Jordan Edwards’ mother.
We pray for Dominika Stanley, Aiyana Stanley Jones’ mother.
We pray for Geneva Reed-Veal, Sandra Bland’s mother.
We pray for Georgia Ferrell, Jonathan Ferrell’s mother.
We pray for Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s mother.
We pray for Lesley McSpadden, Mike Brown’s mother.
We pray for Lucy McBath, Jordan Davis’ mother.
We pray for Maria Hamilton, Dontre Hamilton’s mother.
We pray for Kadiatou Diallo, Amadou Diallo’s mother.
We pray for Monica McBride, Renisha McBride’s mother.
We pray for Samaria Rice, Tamir Rice’s mother.
We pray for Se'Quette Clark, Stephon Clark’s mother.
We pray for Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother.
We pray for Valerie Bell, Sean Bell’s mother.
We pray for Valerie Castile, Philando Castile’s mother.
We pray Yolanda Carr, Atatiana Jefferson’s mother.
We pray for Larcenia Floyd, George Floyd’s mother.
We pray Paula Bryant, Ma’Khia Bryant’s mother.
We pray for all the Black mothers who have lost children to hatred.
We pray for Black mothers who’s hearts are weary, who are tired, who are afraid, who are grieving and who need comfort now. (Continued in the comments)⬇️ ...