Black women need to encourage and empower each other more. And actress Essence Atkins did one of the most humbling things to show that.
While promoting her new stage play, “Things Your Man Won’t Do,” at an Atlanta radio station, the “Are We There Yet” TV actress kneeled down, directly in front of a seated stranger, Allison Person, and began rolling her sleeves up. Initially a skit about something one’s significant other wouldn’t do, Atkins turned that moment into a moving gesture where she taught by example.
“This wasn’t planned for me to do this, but sisters, it’s important that we love on each other,” a clearly choked up Atkins began to say. “I know I just met you today but I know the road that you walk.”
Person became emotional and covered her teary eyes as Atkins continued her heartfelt speech.
“I want you to know that I got you.
That I support you.
And I love you,” Atkins said.
“And if we don’t give that to each other y’all we are lost. We will never be what we can be.”
To many, Atkins was just reiterating what many Black women think. In a recent survey, a whopping 78% of Black Women said that they get along better with males instead of other women. Some noted reasons why were jealousy, intimidated, and misconceptions from other women that they’ve experienced in the past.
But Atkins continued, “I get down her like how Jesus did and I give to you. I thank you for your strength. Thank you for your tenacity, for your integrity, for your intelligence…”
Really, the only other time you heard about someone washing another’s feet was probably in the Bible. Some religious groups still do it today in religious ceremonies, but it originated in the bible. Jesus did it in 1 John chapters 13 through 17. There, the scene describes Jesus washing the feet of his disciples–those who were following Him, not the other way around. Historians say footwashing was something wives did for their husbands, children for their parents, and disciples for their teachers. Because of the rough terrain and kind of open-toed sandals/simple shoes they wore, dirt, sores and calluses would be on a person’s feet. So washing them was a very intimate gesture. It would have been appropriate for one of the disciples to have washed Jesus’ feet, but the reverse was intolerable during that time period.
BibleGateway.com describes the act as “Jesus showing his disciples the full extent of hHs love. By washing the feet of those who serve Him and who will later betray Him, Jesus showed his Father, God’s love.”
Person posted a response video on Facebook expressing her gratitude and…
Essence Atkins Washes Strangers Feet In Act Of Sisterhood was originally published on blackdoctor.org