Hot Topics... Black Lives Matter
Did not He who made me in the womb make him, and the same One fashion us in the womb?
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, Who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.
My mother was a civil rights activist in an unusual place, time and way: the capital of South Carolina in the 70s--with spunk and high style. As a former New York fashion model, she became a local celebrity.*
She refused to exclude and insisted on the presence of gifted Black beauties in fashion events she planned or sponsored. She was so lovely, no one refused her smiling demand for desegregation.
Black lives mattered then... and they matter now. I know cultural bias still exists. It raises its ugly head too often.
Special note to my non-Black Christian kin: I doubt you have longer or deeper roots in the South (or this nation) than I have. To me, this carries a greater duty to help abolish racial prejudice.
Regrettably, I'm forced to acknowledge America has a long way to go. Do all lives matter? Obviously, yes. But Black lives are still not seen equally by too many eyes in too many ways, and I am extremely bothered by it.
## Hot Topic Series: Black Lives Matter (Part 9)
* My mother is Millie Lewis, former NY covergirl in the late 1940s and a member of the Models Hall of Fame. She helped and inspired countless people, founded 4 modeling and finishing schools beginning in 1960 (3 of which still operate today) and helped found AMTC. She was bold, smart and funny; a leader and a beauty, inside and out. As an adult, she was my best friend and business partner. She passed away in June, 2001.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.