Alderman Jason C. Ervin will hosted the 28th Ward Annual Back-to- School Parade and Picnic on Saturday, August 4th. Two-Time NBA Champion and 12-time NBA All Star Isiah Thomas was this year’s Grand Marshall. There was free school supplies given to 2,000 students at the picnic along with a Senior Appreciation Luncheon, both events were held in Garfield Park.
When Homan Street on the Westside of Chicago, Illinois is changed to Mary Thomas Way on Saturday, August 4 it will be a salute to every mother who is a “drum major” for sacrifice and service in their family. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his speech The Drum Major Instinct, “everyone can be great… because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Alderman Jason C. Ervin of Chicago’s 28th Ward, wrote the ordinance honoring Mary Thomas. “The life of Mary Thomas is a shining example of singles mothers who work every day to provide for their children so that they may have a better life. She serves a role model for single parents in Chicago who are faced with hard economic times, but sacrifice for their children.”
“Growing up, I had the opportunity to know Mary Thomas. She was a generous woman who would give the clothes off her back. Her life sheds light on the struggles of single parents raising children in poverty, and I am honored to have known her.”