On August 5, 1990, Tunde Salisbury and some of his friends were stopped by the police as they arrived at Tunde’s home. Some of them told the officers they were tired of the harassment. Tunde’s brother Omori came form his home and spoke up also about the harassment. The police beat both teenagers and took them to the East precinct, rather than to the Juvenile facility. There, they beat them again. Their mother, Harriett Walden, was angered by this disregard for her sons’ humanity and decided to model a healthy response to her sons. From her anger and determination, Mothers was formed. She gathered her friends and neighbors, Paquita Edwards, Janice Bell and the late Fabiola Woods and Willette Romlious. The first Mothers’ meeting was held in September 1990.