#BlackWomen’sLivesMatter

#BlackWomen’sLivesMatter
Today I declare that Black women’s lives matter.  I don’t understand how a young woman could be killed in her own home and no one be at fault. I don’t understand laws that could be interpreted in such a way that leave no one to be held accountable for her death.  But what I know is that Breonna Taylor's life mattered.  As does mine, and the life of every Black woman reading this post. That Breonna Taylor lived matters. How she died matters. The...

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities for Women Leaders

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities for Women Leaders
If you focus on the barriers—and they are everywhere—you’ll get overwhelmed and even use them as excuses for not moving toward your goal. Instead focus on your goal, look at where you are and where you want to go and break that down into manageable goals. Make that your focus, not the barriers. ~Executive Woman Leader Leading in any organization these days can be challenging, especially for women. Faced with the intersectional barriers of race, gender...

Brenda Salter-McNeil’s Becoming Brave—A Call To Change

Brenda Salter-McNeil’s Becoming Brave—A Call To Change
To say I’m elated over my friend Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter-McNeil's new book, Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, would be an understatement.   This is truly a kairos moment for Dr. Brenda, as so many people affectionately call her, as well as for each of us.   She describes this moment in her book:  “the appointed time can perhaps best be understood as a time when the circumstances of life are so mammoth as...

Aunt Jeanne & the Nieces: Closing Out Our Anti-racism Series

Aunt Jeanne & the Nieces: Closing Out Our Anti-racism Series
In our summer anti-racism series we aimed to introduce you to books and videos on race and racism. Many believe, and I concur, we are in the midst of a “racial reckoning” in this country. To reckon with the racialized reality of this country you have to know the truth of our history and its impact on us today. Our series featured books and videos that highlighted that history as well as shared some perspectives about the lingering effects of that h...

Just Mercy–A Review

Just Mercy–A Review
Editor's note: This review of the movie Just Mercy was written by Kiandria Cowart, a rising college junior, majoring in Communication and minoring African American Studies. **** Our goal is to be able to become antiracists, but we first have to become aware of all inequalities.  Although police brutality is a major one, it is not the only one. I believe the broader spectrum of police brutality is police misconduct, that is the wrongful con...

Black Lives Matter at Work

Black Lives Matter at Work
This has been a tough season for Black people for sure, and it is a moment of reckoning for the nation, even our world. Sustained mass protests calling for reform or radical reshaping of racist structures have caught the nation’s attention. The clarion call proclaiming “Black lives matter,” is a demand to transform the institutions that have rendered Black lives as inconsequential at the hands of out-of-control policing. Structural or systemic racism, ...

“I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision For Racial Reconciliation”– My Summary

“I Bring the Voices of My People:  A Womanist Vision For Racial Reconciliation”– My Summary
Note: On my blog site last week, I had committed to my readers to post a series of summaries of books on anti-racism and social justice.  I noted that people who have previously been silent are now asking how to learn more about racism. Others are reaching out asking how to deal with their anger and disappointment over the repeated instances of unarmed Black people being killed by police.  Others have asked how to even t...

A Call for the Wailing Women

A Call for the Wailing Women
“It’s time to call for the wailing women” Those were the words I’d hear from time to time in the church of my youth, led by my Granny and, then my Aunties.  When I went away to college and attended a church filled with strong praying women, I’d hear that refrain again: “It’s time to call for the wailing women.” When situations got tough around us, in our homes, neighborhood, communities or the nation, I was raised to “call for the wailing wom...

God Still Has the Last Say: Racism Won’t Overpower Our Faith

God Still Has the Last Say: Racism Won’t Overpower Our Faith
Yesterday morning I was preparing to lead my Women’s Ministry 7 AM weekly prayer call. I was planning to use a devotional method called Lectio Divina to have the women reflect on Ephesians 3:20-21 before we prayed. I had been contemplating and meditating on Ephesians 3:20-21 for a few days.  Here’s the passage. Eph 3:20-21, NLT Lectio Divina (Latin for Divine Reading) is a prayer of meditation, listening for God to speak throu...

Alone Together: 10 Ways to Stay Connected with Friends & Family

Alone Together: 10 Ways to Stay Connected with Friends & Family
by guest blogger, Kristen Cowart @LadyKay_00 on Twitter As we’re practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, it can be tricky staying connected with friends and family. However, I find it’s important to check in on the people around us and make time for fun and celebration. With this in mind, I’ve put together 10 ways that I think are helpful for staying connected with friends and family.  #1 Call, Text and FaceTime Others ...