Today on MyBrownBaby, we celebrate mater mea mom Agatha Achindu, founder and CEO of organic baby food line, Yummy Spoonfuls and mom of Georges, 23, Malcolm, 15, and Jared-Zane, 9. Photographed by Tim Redman for mater mea, Agatha shares the importance of and her vision for instilling love of black culture, history and most importantly, self, in her boys.

What kind of people do you hope your children become?

I tell them as African Americans you are not just some random person. You come from a deep tradition, a deep culture: the way you talk to people, the way you dress. You are big. You are strong. You are smart. The only person who can make you believe this is you. No one can make you believe that you are not smart enough or strong enough. Society might [try to] make you believe that, but you have to be strong and proud because of your ancestry. On Sundays I have them dress in African wear for church. My father would visit and draw out the family tree, explaining to them our culture, what men would do, how they take care of the family.

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This photo and quote was reprinted with permission from mater mea.

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