Faith and Empowerment Truth from a Religious Perspective

Faith and Empowerment Truth from a Religious Perspective June 14, 2024

Finding Faith and Empowerment Speaking Truth from a Religious Perspective


What if the narrative you’ve been told about Black women’s education was disrupted and rewritten by the very women it aims to define? That’s exactly what my guest, Jen Franks Ahaghotu, the founder of Disruptive Truth LLC, is doing with her groundbreaking project, Black Women World Record. I spoke with Jen and we went on to navigate this transformative journey, honoring Black women’s academic achievements, and challenging society and who it thinks we should become (or maybe already are).

As we explore this insightful conversation, we unlock Jen’s inspiring journey to Harvard and how she’s using her experiences to empower Black women through storytelling and speaking disruptive truths. We discuss the phenomenal response to the celebration on Ruby Bridges’ birthday, where over 1000 black women proudly shared their graduation pictures and certificates online.

From high school diplomas to PhDs, we celebrate all forms of education, and Jen enlightens us on how the act of speaking one’s disruptive truth can challenge existing power structures and create a positive change.

In this intimate interview I had with Jen Franks Ahaghotu, a Harvard graduate and advocate for empowering Black women, we explored her educational journey and the challenges she faced as a Black woman in a predominantly white institution. Additionally, we spoke on  the importance of speaking one’s truth and making a difference.

With this article I aim to further examine these topics through a religious lens, discussing how faith can play a significant role in empowering Black women.


The Power of Faith in Education

Jen’s educational journey at Harvard University was not only a testament to her determination to achieve success,  but also a reflection of her faith. As a person of faith, Jen found strength in knowing that God had a purpose for her education and that her accomplishments were not solely based on her race. We spoke on that quite a lot because of the fact she partially felt like she only got accepted into Harvard initially because of a clause they had for minorities at the time to be admitted.  Her faith, and parents (black mom and white stepdad) provided her with the confidence to navigate through the challenges she encountered and to excel academically.


Overcoming Imposter Syndrome through Faith

Imposter syndrome, a common struggle for many Black women in academic settings, can be particularly overwhelming. However, faith can serve as a powerful tool in overcoming these feelings of inadequacy. By grounding oneself in the belief that God has called them to their educational journey, Black women can find the assurance and confidence needed to fight  imposter syndrome. Faith reminds them that they are not alone and that their talents and abilities are God-given.


Challenging Societal Norms through Faith

Faith inspires and encourages  Black women to challenge what society wants us to believe and  that undermine their worth and potential. It reminds us  that they we are  fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, deserving of respect and equal opportunities. By aligning our  actions with our  faith, Black women can boldly speak out against systemic injustices, advocate for equality, and demand fair treatment in educational and professional environments.


The Role of Faith Communities

Faith communities can play an integral role in empowering Black women. It will  provide a supportive space where individuals can share their experiences and find encouragement. Within these communities, Black women can find mentors, allies, and spiritual guidance that helps them navigate the challenges we  face more commonly than most. By coming together, one day we  can collectively challenge the world and work towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society.


What Does Linda Think? Speak Truth Through Love

From a religious perspective, speaking one’s truth is not only about asserting oneself but also about doing so with love and compassion. Black women can draw upon their faith to guide their words and actions, ensuring that their voices are heard while promoting understanding and unity. By speaking truthfully and with grace, they can inspire others to join the movement for justice and empowerment.

Faith serves as a powerful source of strength and empowerment for Black women. By anchoring themselves in their religious beliefs, they can overcome imposter syndrome, challenge societal norms, and speak their truth with love and compassion.

Faith communities provide vital support and encouragement along the journey, fostering unity and inspiring collective action. In the pursuit of equality and empowerment, let us continue to uplift and empower Black women, recognizing the God given value within each individual.

About Jacquiline Cox
Jacquiline Cox is a Chicago native with an impressive academic background. She graduated from Dunbar Vocational Career Academy and pursued higher education at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. Eventually, she obtained her bachelor's degree in business administration with Cum Laude honors from the University of Arizona. . As a 3-time international best-selling author, branding strategist, and global radio podcast host of “Listen Linda!”, she uses her platform to motivate and inspire others. Moreover, Jacquiline is an autism parent advocate, a lupus advocate, and a certified Business Coach, showcasing her commitment to supporting causes close to her heart. You can read more about the author here.

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