I hope April 12th is marked on your calendar for a breakfast date with eight special women who have given much to their chosen community church. They have done much more than the standard P.P. and O. (Pray, Pay, and Obey).
When we look at their church resume, we find they have worked in the Sunday School, teaching our children their first Bible lessons like the Lord’s Prayer and the basic standards of a Christian life. They have conducted the prayer meetings and lifted up the needs of their church family, its leaders, the community, the rich, the poor, and all God’s people. Like thousands of women before them, they have kept the faith, led the choirs, and fed and clothed the people. They have been on the front line ushering those looking for a seat in God’s house.
They join the likes of thousands of Black church women who took responsibility for freedom and liberation of God’s chosen people. Women like newspaper-woman Ida B. Wells who exposed the lack of anti-lynching laws; Mary Church Terrell, the Washington Colored School principal; Mary McLeod Bethune who educated Black people and founded Bethune–Cookman College; Fannie Lou Hammer who fought for the civil right to vote for Southern Black Americans; and Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, early leaders who led Black people serving as slaves out of bondage.
Only time and history will tell of the contribution of these women, but we need not wait. Right now, we can honor those in our midst, their contributions to our lives, and the lives of our children.
The Journal’s 2014 Women of Achievement honorees include, Evelyn Epps of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, Ruby Bourne of Bethlehem Church, Gwen Buchannan of New Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, Jeannie Beard of Metropolitan Baptist Church, Phlunte’ Riddle of Abundant Harvest Christian Fellowship, Carrie Darkwa of Morningstar Baptist Church, Lois Tusan of Scott United Methodist Church, and Patricia Williams of Friendship Baptist Church. Their bios are featured in this week’s issue of The Journal. Each honoree’s story is unique and inspiring. They have dedicated a portion of their life to the institution that has lifted our community to its present level. We invite you to come out and join us in celebrating their contributions, and enjoy breakfast with them as we honor them.
The Journal’s Fifth Annual Women of Achievement Breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Brookside Clubhouse. Also featured in this year’s event will be Jewel Diamond Taylor as keynote speaker, Dr. Pamela Short Powell, Mistress of Ceremonies, and Dr. Rosie Milligan will give the invocation. Featured entertainment will include blues entertainer Brother Yusef, singer and recording artist Candace Lacey, and soloist Koday Turner.
All are invited to come. The Journal is going green, therefore, have no printed invitations or tickets. Seats are $40 each and tables are $400. Don’t be left out. Last year was a total sell-out. Please make your reservation/s at The Journal Offices, 1541 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA. Telephone: 626-798-3972626-798-3972. Credit cards accepted. (See the flyer and order blank under the “News/In Brief” section.)