Today is V-Day. It’s a time for lovers, a time for mothers, and a time for social change. Valentine’s Day, the holiday, is an age-old tradition. According to historians, Valentine’s Day originated in ancient Rome, stemming from a Pagan celebration called the feast of Lupercalia, a festival of fertility and purification. Hitting women was believed to make them fertile. Now, we push back with V-Day celebrations, community involvement, healthy food education, and respect for our dear mother earth. Love yourself. Love your planet! Find out more at MoM!
February is the month of Black History, V-Day Love, and Susan B. Anthony Day. How do all these things intersect? Let’s try to connect the dots. Black History month was established in 1986. Championed by Carter G. Woodson, the ‘father of Black history’ with an agenda to promote Black studies, history, and culture, “Woodson’s goal from the very beginning was to make the celebration of Black history in the field of history a ‘serious area of study.” (Source). As it turns out, the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is 2.7 miles from the MOM Art Annex in the city of St. Petersburg. This is just one more reason to embrace our city as we enthusiastically grow our new non-profit museum mission in Pinellas County Florida. The Museum of Motherhood loves you and loves history and herstory!