When I was pregnant with my second child and still getting my bearings as a mother, I joined Mocha Moms, a national organization that supports mothers of color. I was one of a group of about ten women who founded our chapter in Northern New Jersey and was honored to be that group’s first vice president. Being part of Mocha Moms was very grounding for me, similar to how it’s felt to trace my roots and reclaim my family’s lost history.
So, when my friend, Kuae Mattox, Co-founder of our Essex County Mocha Moms chapter and now president of the national organization asked me to speak at their national convention about tracing my roots, I was both excited and thrilled. True to their purpose of supporting mothers of color, they’ve had some fantastic workshops at this year’s conference on everything from preventing cyber-bullying to saving money. Author Amy Chua will share her experiences raising her daughters chronicled in her best selling memoir, “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” Before wrapping up tomorrow, conference goers get an advance screening of the movie, “The Help” based on the book by Kathryn Stockett.
What a gift it was for me to find the Mocha Moms, to find my roots and to connect them now here at this conference.