What is the role of women in the black church?

Yesterday I along with the rest of the country watched the funeral of Clementa Pinckney. The bishops adorned the stage and one woman bishop sat among the sea of maleness. I had to leave to run errands but when I returned the homegoing was still going on. As I watched the participants share their memories of the slain senator I was struck by the fact there were no female voices among the chorus of well wishers. This was a man who by all accounts touched so many people but we never heard from a woman. The family has the right to have whoever they please speak at the funeral of their loved one but this is not a post questioning their choices. this is a post questioning the role of women in the black church. This is not unique to the AME this is pervasive within all denominations. The black women in the church is relegated to sporting big hats and the hankerchief big and long enough to cover her from her stomach to her knees. It can also be used to throw it over any woman slain by the spirit who is not wearing the requisite length dress when she falls out at the alter. What is the role of the woman in the black church. Is she just there to be the amen corner? To occasionally sing a song? Do the announcements or read a poem? Are the women satisfied being the backdrop in the drama? Share your thoughts.

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