“For who knows whether you have not come into the kingdom for such a time as this,” says Esther 4:14b. In the old testament of the bible, the book of Esther tells the story of Esther, a woman of ancient Israel who had great courage. Esther was a Jew who was a Persian slave and was raised by her cousin Mordecai. Mordecai served King Ahasuerus. Ahasuerus was in search of a new queen, and Mordecai demanded that Esther followed orders to be seen by the King. Esther never thought that she would be chosen to become queen of Persia and frankly she did not want to. Although she was a Jew and a slave, of all of the girls, she was chosen by King Ahasuerus to be queen. Meanwhile, Haman (King Ahasuerus’s grand vizier), was furious because Mordecai refused to bow down to him when told to. In result of being in such fury, Haman planned to have Mordecai executed along with all Jews in Persia. Mordecai overheard Haman plotting this and pleaded to Esther that she go to King Ahasuerus and tell him that Haman was planning the genocide of Persian Jews. Esther knew that no one could appear before the king unannounced, if they did, the punishment was death. Eventually, she appeared before King Ahasuerus and Haman while they were feasting. King Ahasuerus had great mercy on Esther and pardoned her for coming in his presence without his say. Esther told him what Haman was prepared to do but when the King heard this and saw how frightened this made Esther, he punished Haman. Esther was a hero to her people and put her own life at risk to save others. She shows what it truly means to not only be brave but to have an immense amount of faith. Esther is an inspiring woman and should definitely be celebrated this Women’s History Month.
“It is the matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.” These are the words of American author, abolitionist, and philanthropist, Harriet Beecher Stowe. She was born in Connecticut, but has lived in Florida, Massachusetts, and has toured numerous countries in Europe. Harriet Beecher Stowe lived from 1811 to 1896 and has done world changing things. She taught that all human beings are to be treated with respect and that we all have rights that we are entitled to. In her lifetime, Harriet wrote thirty- three books along with countless numbers of articles. She is mostly known for her life changing, award winning book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Stowe alerted millions of how cruel slavery was in the United States, was a cause of the Civil War, and began a revolutionary change of the way that people thought of and treated African- Americans. “I did not write it, God wrote it. I merely did His dictation,” said Harriet Beecher Stowe.
“I have learned that I will not change the world, Jesus will do that. I can however, change the world for one person. I can change the world for fourteen little girls and for four hundred schoolchildren and for a sick and dying grandmother and for a malnourished, neglected, abused five-year old. And if one person sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every minute spending my life for,” said Katie Davis Majors, Christian missionary and best selling author. Katie Davis Majors is from Nashville, Tennessee and founded Amazima Ministries International in 2008. Amazima Ministries aids communities near Jinja, Uganda. It provides education for children, medical care, vocational training, and discipleship for children, women, and families. Katie Davis Majors has written numerous books such as, Kisses from Katie: A story of Relentless Love and Redemption, The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, and Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful. In the book, Kisses from Katie: A story of Relentless Love and Redemption, Katie shares her testimony of her leaving America as a teen, moving to Uganda, adopting children, starting Amazima Ministries, and saving lives. Katie Davies Majors is a woman who has contributed much to our society by saving the lives of those who need it most and aiding children at a young age. By doing this, she is contributing to the future generations in Uganda and is a woman who should definitely be recognized during Women’s History Month.
“I look at books as being a form of activism because a lot of times they’ll show us a side of the world that we may not have known about,” said Angie Thomas, author of THE HATE U GIVE. Angie Thomas is an author from Jackson, Mississippi and is known for her young adult novel THE HATE U GIVE. Angie Thomas also wrote the book ON THE COME UP, which was published February 5, 2019. THE HATE U GIVE, published February 28, 2017, is an eye-opening book in modern culture due to its topics of racial injustice, police brutality, bravery, and human dignity. THE HATE U GIVE tells the story of Starr Carter, a sixteen year old girl who faces the difficulty of finding her voice when she witnesses one of her closest friends Khalil die due to police brutality. She makes the decision of testifying and tries to prove that Khalil is innocent, although she is aware of the costs and is afraid of how she will be judged. THE HATE U GIVE was credited with the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut Goodreads Author Award, the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fiction Award, the Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best Award, the Audie Award for Young Adult Award, and the Audie Award for Best Female Narrator Award. By writing about such controversial topics, Angie Thomas influences those who feel that they do not have a voice and brings attention to some of the most vital topics that our society seems to ignore.
This March is Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month recognizes all of the great contributions that women have made throughout the years. 1987 was the year that Women’s History Month was established. This was declared by Congress. To celebrate this vital event, for the remaining March, each week I will write a summary about three famous women who have influenced the minds of those throughout the course of our history. I will not only focus on American women but women from all around the world.
Settle back to a moment of epiphany- an instinctive moment of actuality
But factually I present myself less or so casually
They claim all strong voices are loud and dramatic
But you can’t be pseudo and idiosyncratic
Let the tongue not be a suggestion to what is vital
You determine your respect and to what you are entitled
May your mind be as protected as Goshen
What comes into play is up to your devotion
Was it common sense for the continents to be divided?
No matter your Pangea know what you have decided
Education is more vital than what’s seen on tv screens
So teach the blessin’ of a lesson everyday by all means
Most say, “We are all treated rightfully, yes we the people”
But we are not done
This is not a sequel and even if it was, we don’t show that we are equal
Although- by, as, and for the people, we must gallantly advance
Above all else, we must conquer more than a fundamental stance
Date- January 26, 2019
Place- Youth Forum at Friendship Christian Church
Do you think about who and what impacts our community? Last week, I attended a gathering of civilians ranging from the police department, the educational system, and local community members. As a whole, we discussed what progress we have made in Nashville and what changes should be worked toward. One of the most influential topics that was mentioned was the recognition of how the Metro Nashville Public School Department should be transmuted for the better of upcoming generations. Teachers have an impact on the lives of students. The educators help to mold the minds of our future. Therefore, the pupils will have an even greater impact on our society. However, if instructors are only given the basic material, then students will only have basic fundamental knowledge. There is also controversy when it comes to the school system and the police system. It all starts in our community when we effect and empower the lives of young people. We have to teach the importance of education so that at risk teens will not have to face the police department. Once learning becomes non valuable, adolescents turn to a world where they are influenced by people and experiences that can harm their lives greatly. Another topic mentioned was how divided and segregated we are in society. In our communities, unity is one of our biggest challenges. It is not until we come together, can we realize what changes need to be made for the better of each individual in our community and our world. This requires us to know and care for our society on a personal level. Even while promoting diversity, we must be extensively inclusive. Resource inclusion was yet an additional concept during this meeting. It was mentioned that grade school children in our district are said to believe that less resources should be given to those in low income communities. It was astounding to see how the minds of our kids reason when it comes to the assets of those with high and low salaries. This is just one of multiple examples of how we should work for change in the way that we learn and teach about equality. All of these differences start with our homes and classrooms in Nashville. Guidance is the key of our new generation, along with changing and challenging our environment. When we plant a seed of reformation and innovation in each other, a difference will be made on both sides of division and controversy for the better.