Over the past two years, there has been so much blatant disrespect for women by our political leaders that we all should be appalled!

A presidential nominee brags about how he has disrespected women, yet is still elected. A professor comes forth to share with the world of how young men from high school disrespected her, yet it seems as if she wasn’t believed. But regardless of all this negative news, the “woman” is still essential — she is still someone who scripture reminds us should be treated and respected accordingly.

The All Nations Baptist Church in northeast Washington invites you to join us Oct. 20-21 for our Women’s Day services, as we honor women and the very powerful role we have had throughout eternity. I believe James Brown said it best when he sang “It’s a man’s world, but it would be nothing, without a woman or a girl!”

Now, I don’t always agree with James Brown (he also had a history of abusing women), but I just want to hang on to that statement for the benefit of this column.

There are a couple programs incorporated in this weekend’s services that will affect every woman and girl who attends. On Saturday, Oct. 20, our workshop leaders (I’m serving as a workshop speaker) will discuss such topics as: “What does it mean today to be a 21st-century woman?” “What do women lack that keeps her from the call of Christ?” “Can the church help a woman answer the call of change on her life?” These and more questions will be answered during our Saturday workshops.

The Women’s Day honorees this year are as follows:

Attorneys: Janis Mathis, executive director of National Council of Negro Women, and Marie Johns, managing member of Leftwich, LLC

Health: Dr. Shelly McDonald-Pinkett, chief medical officer at Howard University Hospital, and Karen Dale, president of AmeriHealth Caritas DC

Educators: Children’s authors Dawn and Dellphine Chitty, and Andrea Conner, D.C. Public schoolteacher of more than 20 years

Beauty Queens: Phyllis Jordan, Miss Senior DC, and DeShauna Barber, Miss USA 2016

Singer: India Winstead, who sings with Patrick Lundy & the Ministers of Music, as well as with the Kurt Karr Singers

Community Leaders/Entrepreneurs: C. Dianne Barnes, ANC Commissioner; Joyce Little, CEO, The Tax Lady Plus; and Barbara Willis and Marjorie Carter, co-Founders of Ladies on the Go Travel!

Our morning worship service will begin at 11 a.m. with our guest preacher and honoree Rev. Dr. Cheryl Phillips, senior pastor of Kingdom Christian Church in Temple Hills, Maryland.

The Women’s Day theme is coming to life, as we honor and recognize women of achievements from throughout the area!

Scripture says this about women; in Ephesians 5:22-23, NIV, it says, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.”

It also says in Titus 2:3-5 NIV, “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

In closing, I’ll quote activist Susan B. Anthony who once said, “We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.”

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email lyndiagrantshowdc@gmail.com or call 202-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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