Thursday, April 30, 2015

4.30.15 Hero of the Day: Toya Graham

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Name: Toya Graham
Age: ??
Occupation: assistant manager of a drug treatment center
Last Seen: Baltimore, MD
Awarded For: being the mother of the year
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that for the past few days, the city of Baltimore has been under fire.

Rioters have been taking to the streets after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died from spinal injuries while in police custody. In a time when black lives do indeed matter, it's a shame that many haven't learned the lessons taught in the 1967 Detroit riots or the Los Angeles riots in 1992, or maybe Baltimore itself in 1968.

Thankfully, one woman has a clue, and she smacked some sense into her son doing so.

Toya Graham is a single mother of six and a grandmother. When she learned that her son Michael had taken to the streets dressed up like a ninja and throwing rocks at police in riot gear, she had to do what any caring mother would ever do: cross the battle lines to stop her son.

In the video that has gone viral, Toya is seen slapping, pushing and cussing out her son. When she saw the 30-second video on TV, she was afraid that her pastor was going to have a fit.

Instead, Jamal Bryant called her "Mom of the Century". Even more, Baltimore's police commissioner commanded her and even the White House approved of her actions.

Graham told CBS News that she simply didn't want to lose her only son the same way as Freddie Gray. She had been monitoring her son's actions, such as dressing up in the same clothes as he did while rioting and the fact that he tried to go out when tensions were high.

Being a mother - especially to six kids - is tough. My grandmother - who turns 86 today - raised seven kids of her own. She battled polio as a kid and always had trouble walking. But she proved that a good mother will always have good children. It's a tough job and sadly, sometimes there will be a few tics in the system. But it's proof that when a son needs to be disciplined, what has to be, has to be.

If the world had more Toya Grahams, the world would be a better place.


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