Mother’s Day Cards That Make Sense

Here’s a change from the usual Mother’s Day cards. I recently asked at our local CVS for a card that reflected families of color. They didn’t have any, they said. They would have some in December for Kwanzaa. But I wanted one now. I would have to drive to a neighboring town.

The cards in Colorlines show many different mothers who love their children. The article explains the motivation of those who created these cards: “Fed up with the mainstream image of mothers as domestic, middle class, and white, they’ve made a real effort over the past two years to celebrate who they call ‘mamas on the margins’: all those single, queer, immigrant, and young mothers whose stories are often glossed over by corporate card makers.”

Have you looked for, and not found, a card for your friends in same-sex couples – I have to add a shout-out to Obama for his declaration that he supports same-sex marriage! – or for people who are not white, middle class, and living in ‘traditional’ families?

Here’s your chance! And these are online, so you can send one even on Mother’s Day, this Sunday!

Colorlines is published by ARC, the Applied Research Center, whose tagline is Racial Justice through Media, Research and Activism. If you are interested in racial justice, as I am, you may want to get their regular email communications and see what they’re up to.

My daughter will be here with her family for Mother’s Day. Her mother-in-law is coming too, so we’ll celebrate together. I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day, whatever your family is.



Author of memoir Nigeria Revisited My Life and Loves Abroad, blogger, board member U.S.National Committee for UN Women, former Peace Corps volunteer, Unitarian Universalist, expert in nonprofit management and fundraising, certified fundraising executive (CFRE), racial justice advocate..

Posted on May 10, 2012, in Family, websites and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What a great post Catherine. Colorlines sounds like a fine company. Thanks for sharing about them. Happy Mother’s Day to you too!


  2. What a great post Catherine! I’m glad to hear about Colorlines. It sounds like a fine company. Happy Mother’s Day to you!


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