Spotlight on Black Moms from A Note to My Black Son...
This week's moms share their stories and why they chose to participate in the book.
Name: Mary Tella
Sons: Stephen Tella and Joshua Tella
Introduction: Stephen is a senior in college with a major in Biology and aspires to be a Dentist. Joshua is a teenager and a sophomore in High school. Both sons love helping less privileged people and hope to serve the community in one capacity or another.
Why I chose to participate in this project: I decided to contribute to this project because I am a mother of Black Sons. At this point in history, many Black Men are needed to take their place as fathers, husbands and mentors. Black Lives are fighting to Matter. This is a wonderful opportunity to speak to my sons and black sons everywhere through this book that they must hold on to the things that are important and the God that makes things happen. Hebrews 12:28 is a scripture that should be kept close to heart as a reminder of the kingdom that we belong to and where our hearts should be as we walk the Earth, "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear." NKJV.
Son: Lamar Jr.
Introduction: Lamar, Jr. AKA LJ, is my infant son. He was 4 months at the time of the project. He is my special little guy, the son I always prayed for. He is a joy to be around. His smiles brighten up my days and warms my heart. I am so blessed to be chosen by God to be his mom and I pray that I'll be the best mom I can be!
Why I chose to participate in this project: I decided to participate in this project because it is important for my son to know his worth in the world, not by the world's standards, but by God's. There may be many who hate or reject him because of the color of his skin, but he is a special little boy who will one day grow into a handsome, talented, and gifted young man!
Son: Raymond Jr.
Introduction: Raymond and I first met June 24, 2009 and ever since then we have been unstoppable of accomplishing our dreams. It's because of him I was still able to receive my degree from Ohio State University with him only being 6 months. He always reminds me of the importance of keeping pushing, the importance of tackling your goals regardless of the roadblocks, and the importance of staying true to yourself.
Why I chose to participate in this project: I decided to contribute to this project because this is such a critical time that we're experiencing and it is very important that my Black Son knows how valuable he is.
Sons: Randall (10) & Robby 7
Introduction: They are my greatest accomplishments and keep me striving to be better every day. They may or may not be Mama's Boys, but it is my goal to raise young Men that will be respectful, grateful and confident
Why I chose to participate in this project: I decided to be a part of this project because it is time that the world sees the hearts of mothers raising Black Boys in a country that may not love them the way that we do. Just like any Mother we want to see our boys grow to be productive members of this society; however our path to getting them is not the same as Mothers of Boys that are not Black.