Mothers’ Day is a great day to show appreciation for our mothers.

It is also a day founded to honor women for their role as active, civic-minded peacemakers, working to improve their communities and the world.

Through the month of May, Mothers and Others for Peace explores the history and commitment of women working for peace in “Back to Our Roots,” an exhibit at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in the “Idea Box” gallery just to the right of the entrance lobby.

Learn the birth story of how Mothers’ Day began. Read Julia Ward Howe’s “Original Mothers’ Day Proclamation” of 1870, urging women of all nations to protest the carnage of war.

Honor Mothers’ Day by committing to “one thing you can do for peace,” in your personal life, your community, or the world, and share it on our “What Will You Do to Feed the Roots of Peace?” wall.

Find tips on resolving conflict through Nonviolent Communication, based on Marshall Rosenberg’s teachings.

Find lists of library books on peace and peacemakers — for adults and children.

Read the Illinois State Senate Resolution of 2016 declaring the Saturday before Mothers’ Day to be “Mothers’ Day History Day.”

Join us in a peaceful activity at the “Make a Flower, Give a Flower” workshop to make paper flowers with the intention that for each flower created, you will make another to give away to someone who least expects it, maybe a stranger! The workshops will be held at the OPPL Idea Box on Wednesday, May 9 at 3 p.m., and Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. Materials will be provided, and no registration is necessary.

Mothers and Others for Peace supports those who work to replace militarism with conflict resolution, consumerism with meaningful community, and impulsivity with civility, and mindful attention to values of peacemaking.

Since 2015, Mothers and Others for Peace has hosted educational events that highlight the history of Mothers’ Day as a day to honor women’s work for peace.

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Peace and Happy Mothers’ Day.

Mary Rose Lambke, Cynthia Robinson, Mary Ellen Munley, Sue Piha and Diane Scott

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