In this last week of February as we transition from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, there is a very special conversation that is on my mind, because it represents the powerful intersection of the two.
You see, I had the great honor of interviewing Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Baptist Minister, renowned civil rights activist and member of the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, at the launch of The To Be A Woman Global Platform in November. And while my questions for him stemmed from our mission to help women empower themselves to RISE to success in all aspects of their lives by raising their divine feminine energy, rebalancing their lives, and releasing the fears, old belief systems and insecurities that block women from realizing their dreams, our conversation delved into the suppression of women, slavery, what he was told as a young black American, his experience working with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the true source of our power.
“In our culture and our society, particularly here in America and maybe around the world when you look at how they bind the feet of Chinese women, there is a myopic ignorance among cultures that do tend to suppress women. And you can only be suppressed when you feel you are suppressed. You can only become a slave when you feel you are a slave…[the book allows a woman to say] ‘I may be in a culture that suppresses me, but I don’t have to be suppressed.’ [the book allows women to understand] Your very essence, your very being, your very personhood came from God, not from culture, not from society, and certainly not from men!” ~Dr. Gerald L. Durley
Dr. Durley goes on to talk about the 4 women who stood out to him when he was a “young pup out there in the movement” working with Martin Luther King, Jr., what gives women power and peace, and ends beautifully with the imagery of women as “the wind beneath.”
I was genuinely moved and inspired by Dr. Durley’s empowering insights, and I hope you will find these 11 minutes to be a source of inspiration for you as well!