The Mother of the Year award was established in 1935 by the American Mother’s Inc. Committee of the Golden Rule Foundation. Sara Delano Roosevelt, the Committee’s Honorary Chairman, presented Lucy Keen Johnson from Georgia as the first American Mother of the Year. The recognition of an “admirable” mother from each state was made to provide an inspiration to the nation who would represent a mother’s unconditional love, inner strength and courage.
We received numerous nominations from around the world. Dr. LaTarsha Holden was chosen to represent Georgia for the Mother of the Year “2020,” because she has defied the odds, displayed inner strength and courage as she led her family out of homelessness and hopelessness. Her story is inspiring people around the world, as she went from being homeless with six children in the streets of Atlanta to a political candidate in the “2017’ election, from a GED to receiving her doctorate degree in Leadership Studies and became a 12x published author within ten years.
During her time of being homeless she taught her children at their lowest moment how to serve others and what leadership really is and for her it’s about servant leadership. With the little that she had she organized several events in the community to show love and compassion to others. From her actions her six children are leaders serving in the military, college students, authors and in the medical field. Recently, she went viral on LinkedIn after sharing her story and receiving over half a million views and having people contact her from around the world. As a Motivational Speaker Dr. Holden is a Phoenix who has risen from the ashes and she is now inspiring, motivating and encouraging others to change the narrative for their lives. She’s been featured in several magazines and heard on countless radio broadcasts.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams