I want to say Thank You for supporting the Queens project to Jackie Keller Anderson help me tell stories of women like Sarah Breedlove, who was known as Madame CJ Walker. She was one of the first female millionaires whos business was built to grow hair. She said, “I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their personal appearance and to give their hair proper attention.”
The Queens of Freedom project will focus on 17 women who have changed the way we live today. These women were queens in their own right, championing freedom and human rights. I will recast women like Sojourner Truth, Madame CJ Walker, Barbara Jordan and 14 more women to be modern day royalty.
This project will use models, costumes and props to remake pictures and tell the stories of their lives.
I want to say Thank You for supporting the Queens project to Annette Coolidge Udvardi help me tell stories of women like Dorothea Lange, a documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration..
This week I was reminded that we are to live as a community, supporting one another.
This week I got the opportunity to love on a friend of mine as she mourned the loss of her father. I understand her grief as I continue to mourn the recent loss of my mother. Grief is a journey you can get lost on if you are not careful. I believe that is why God has us in communities of people, so that we can support each other as we go through this process.
I have a high priest who understands this type of pain. Although the story is not in the Bible, it is implied that He understands the loss of a parent because his earthly father, Joseph was not around during the time of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Jesus gets this journey on earth and knows that we are better together. It is the second greatest commandment: love your neighbor as yourself.
God blessed me with the opportunity to know not only the daughter, but the mother as well. Over the last couple of years, I got to know her mother while serving in leadership with her working for God’s kingdom. It took me a while to make the connection that I was serving with my friend’s mother. But I was not surprised because awesome women create more awesome women.
I went to bless them, and they were the blessing to me. When times are hard, the Lord will send a community of believers to hold you up. Let them. We mourn together. We laugh together. We pray together. Each day He give us what we need. Each other. We are much stronger than we think we are.
I want to say Thank You for supporting the Queens project to Kim Caraway. She will help me tell stories of women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton who was a social activist, abolitionist and leader in the women’s rights movement. Beyond voting rights for women, Stanton was concerned about parental and custody rights, property rights, employment and income rights and the economic health of the family.
I want to say Thank You for supporting the Queens project to Diane Jefferis. She will help me tell stories of women like Barbara Jordan who a member of the House of Representatives and a leader in the civil rights movement. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was the first African American woman to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
For February, I was going to do a 10K, but snow deleted that. (not mad)
This month’s celebration of 50 years of life was with good friends in Selma, Alabama. I have the craziest group of friends. Someone will come up with a stupid idea and four other grown people will “Amen” it. But it does make for the best adventures.
It was a once in a lifetime experience. But getting there, not so much. And that is life. Our everyday experiences may leave something to be desired, but we should not sacrifice the incredible moments we have the chance to be a part of. God puts all of these people in our lives and creates beautiful moments. Don’t miss them because you are focused on the wrong thing. Be where you are and love it.
I know April is going to be off the chain. God is making 50 the best year yet.
I want to say Thank You for supporting the Queens project to Kelly Hensy Cobb. You will help me tell stories of women like Harriet Tubman, who was born a slave named Araminta Ross. She was an abolitionist, humanitarian and during the Civil War, a Union spy. She used the Underground Railroad to rescue about 70 enslaved families.
Last Saturday, I had the privilege to revisit a moment in our nation’s history.I stood in the middle of the street in Selma, Alabama and listened to one of the people involved in Bloody Sunday retell his story. It was a surreal moment.
In an age where everything is designed to overstimulate, a man telling the story of his oppression gives me hope. As he spoke about one of the darkest days of his life, last Saturday he stood in that same place as a member of the US Congress, beside an African American President with a crowd that reflected the dream of Dr. King. His message was one of hope.
I appreciate that John Lewis did the hard thing that Sunday fifty years ago. Many times we don’t want to do the hard thing, because it is hard.
But what really gets me is I serve a God that is just. Even though things look unfair. He levels the playing field.
A young man who stood up for the right to vote, now represents all of the people to protect their rights. He didn’t grow bitter or discouraged, He knew this was in the hands of a God who sees our sufferings and vindicates.
Rasicm, hatred and oppression are not dead, but neither is the Lord who conquers them all. He can take something like the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a relic of the KKK and use it to turn a corner in the Civil Rights Movement. This bridge will always be associated with giving all people the right to vote. Got to love God’s sense of humor.