Kevin Durant, who received MVP (Most Valuable Player) award for basketball, thanked his mother in an emotional speech that ended with his mother getting a standing ovation.
A black man who grew up in a rough and poor neighborhood claimed his stature as a successful professional by saying "we weren't supposed to be here."
He thanked his mom:
“We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe,” Durant told his mother. “You kept us off the street. You put clothes on our backs. You put food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate and [you] went to sleep hungry. “You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”
But there were some mothers who did not celebrate Mother's Day. Mothers in Nigeria spent the day in tears and anguished pleas "Bring our girls home."
Poet and author Aberjhani spoke for them...
In chilling contrast to the lyrical verse and candy-sweet images that millions of American families are preparing to enjoy on the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day, May 11, the families of almost 300 abducted school girls in Nigeria are struggling to maintain sanity while praying for an end to the ordeal...
And he spoke about his own mother:
As long as there is slavery and rape and human trafficking, the world's mothers and daughters are not safe. When school girls can be stolen from their dormitory beds in the middle of the night and the world is not properly outraged, something is very, very wrong with society.
In a church service, members of the congregation were each given a slip of paper with one of the girls' names and an individual and collective prayer went up for their safe return. I brought the name home and shared my flowers and placed a candle so as to not forget...