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Role Play: In Search of the Authenticity of My Being by Elise Edwards

March 13, 2015

Thia was an inspiration to me!

Elise Edwards“I stood in the authenticity of my being: Black, preacher, Baptist, woman. For the same God who made me a preacher made me a woman, and I am convinced that God was not confused on either account.”
– Reverend Dr. Prathia Hall

These words came across my Facebook feed on Sunday in celebration of International Women’s Day. Reconciling Ministries Network put the statement on its Facebook page, along with a picture of Prathia Hall preaching from the pulpit, in remembrance and honor of women leaders who contributed to the US Civil Rights Movement. This past Sunday, March 8, when the quote was displayed, marked the 50th anniversary of Selma’s Bloody Sunday. Prathia Hall was a leader in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and one of the activists on the Edmund Pettus Bridge who were attacked as they began to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Later in her life…

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  1. Dr. Edwards,

    Thank you for reflecting on the challenge of authenticity to be and not simply to define our worth by the productivity of what we do. The struggle that you name as a Black Baptist feminist scholar of Christian Ethics/ licensed architect resonates for me. Be blessed and be a blessing

    Jeffery L. Tribble Sr. Columbia Theological Seminary

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