While the concept of Mother’s Day has devolved into a spectacle of cards, flowers and brunches, it’s forgotten that the original intent of that special day was to promote peace.
In fact, the original Mother’s Day was initiated by Julia Ward Howe (she of Battle Hymn of the Republic fame) around 1870, hoping it would be a day for mothers to campaign for an end to war following the carnage of the American Civil War.
With that in mind, the Lansing Area Peace Education Center will hold a special Mother’s Day event/fundraiser on Saturday, May 6. It is one of the activities the center is holding this year as part of a celebration of its half century of service in the Greater Lansing area.
This event will feature the popular local band Jackalope, and a special guest appearance by Julia Ward Howe herself!
Saturday, May 6 at 7 PM
Allen Neighborhood Center
1611 E Kalamazoo St, Lansing
Snacks will be offered. Everyone is welcome! If you’d like to donate to this PEC fundraiser, the suggested amount is $25. Payable at the door or online HERE.
Bring your mom, a friend, or anyone who would enjoy a night of music and fun!
For more than 50 years, the Peace Education Center has worked for peace and justice, its roots taking hold in the late 1960s with opposition to the Vietnam War. Since then it has protested wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia; fought for equal rights for the LGBTQ community; and spoke out against gun violence.
Jackalope is a local, four-piece band made up of Charlie Richardson, Diana Farmer, David Stowe, and Mike Lawrence. A long-time supporter of the Peace Education Center, the band has played together for almost 10 years and is known for its delightfully upbeat style of vocally harmonized pop, rock and country covers.”
It was on May 9, 1914, that President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day “as a public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” CLICK HERE for more information on the history of Mother’s Day.