I love being a woman. I love being a Black woman. I love being a woman who loves God. I love being a woman who loves on women to bring out their very best. I love being a woman who has been gifted with the grace to minister to and counsel women near and far.
Black and brown women have a special place in my heart. When I think about our journey, those who traveled before us, those traveling with us, and those who will follow us, I often reflect upon the shared lived experiences of each of us and how vastly different we may be in hue, color, height, weight, birthplace, birth order, how we think, how we dress, our appearances, etc. Yet, in the end, we travel many of the same roads and encounter many of the same experiences.
Earlier this month, I posted this question on social media: If you could not use the word "strong" in describing yourself, what word would you use to replace it? I received over 60 responses. I was so impressed with all the ways woman can express themselves by letting go of the superwoman syndrome and seeing ourselves as powerful but yet vulnerable; passionate yet perplexed by life’s ups and downs; committed yet conflicted at times; fierce and fearless yet ever aware of our flaws. These were just a few of the powerful words the women used to describe themselves.
Wherever I go…I Take You With Me is my way of saying that I carry each of you daily in my thoughts in modeling for you the importance of embracing your imperfections and living life just as you are. Yesterday, one year to the date, I again had the opportunity to visit The Colored Women’s Museum in Philadelphia, Pa. The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum, which honors the stories, experiences, and history of Colored Girls. This museum initiates the ordinary” object—submitted by the colored girl herself, as representative of an aspect of her story and personal history, which she finds meaningful; her object embodies her experience and expression of being a Colored Girl (from their website). This year’s theme is “A Good Night’s Sleep.” This is so powerful to me because often women are not sleeping due to stress and other mental and emotional health reasons. The museum is set up to reflect an urgent care medical setting and each room has its own interpretation of what happens in the process of seeking medical treatment from the waiting room to the triage station to the examination room to the historic washer woman room to the apothecary to aftercare.
As I walked through each of the room, I mindfully reflected on the black woman’s lived experience where some women receive substandard medical care and what it must feel like to be that vulnerable.
Even during this time in the museum, I take you with me, wherever I go. I seek to share my experiences, so that you may grow.
Note: many more pictures of The Colored Girls Museum is posted on my FB page @angelaclack