We are four glorious days into #WomensHistoryMonth. Being a woman is one aspect of my identity I really do revel in and absolutely enjoy encouraging others with the same identity to revel in too. Last weekend as I spent time both in DC and in Philadelphia, the moments I enjoyed the most were with women with whom I have the privilege of calling friend, aunt, sister, cousin. I also reached out to those same women and asked them to share about women who inspire them. This is what they had to share-
The woman who still inspires me is Marlene Idun. I have been inspired by her since I wan 18 years old, so that is almost 40 years. (Stop adding people!!) Anyway, my best friend inspires me still because of her capacity to understand, not blame, and always extend grace and mercy. She like i suffered many things yet she always was able to share wise words and encouragement- even when I did not want to hear it. Since she is no longer walking with me on earth, I have often reflected on our attitude, her love for others and most importantly her to devotion to Christ.This has and always will inspire me.- Marlene Idun inspiring Carol since 1977.
A woman who inspires me is Reverend Dr. Shirlyn Henry Brown. I call her Mama Brown because she knows how to put me in my place with firmness and love. I became inspired by her in 1999. She was able to see my potential and boldly challenge me to live up to it as she did with every Delaware State student whom she cared for. She followed through on her call to ministry and completed her doctorate. I hope to hear and listen to God’s voice, to recognize potential of others, and to complete educational goals as she did. – Rev. Dr. Shirlyn Brown inspiring Ronika since 1999.
There are many women who inspire me, so it was hard to pick just one, but I finally decided. The women who inspires me is my favorite sister. Often times she calls me her favorite sister but she truly is my ONE AND ONLY FAVORITE sister. I know this probably took her by surprise but she has inspired me for quite some time. Her style, grace, patience, words of wisdom, and selflessness, are just a few words that describe how much she inspires me to try just a little bit harder. She is a phenomenal woman. She has always been there for me when times got rough and when times were great. She loves and adores my son, her nephew- Jalen as if she birthed him herself. She is truly a blessing and I am happy she is not only my sister but my friend. I Love her lots!!!!!- Ahyana King (yup, me) inspiring Rachel for “quite some time.”