By Reverend Herbert Daughtry
During the month of March, as we celebrate Women’s month, I would like to express my deep gratitude and appreciation for all women, particularly women of African Ancestry who have endured unimaginable abuse, including slavery, discrimination, and all forms of violence. Despite these challenges, they have somehow found the strength to maintain their sanity, hold themselves and their families together, and make tremendous progress while also supporting and uplifting their male counterparts.
I am proud to share that our church, The House Of The Lord Churches, founded by my father, Bishop Daughtry, has been a strong advocate for women's empowerment. Before his passing, he used his influence to ensure that a woman would succeed him as the presiding Bishop in 1952, making it the first time a female Presiding Bishop succeeded a male Presiding Bishop.
And today a female Presiding Bishop is the head of our Churches, the the Reverend Leah Daughtry, she succeeded another male Presiding Bishop, yours truly!
As we celebrate women's contributions, I would like to recognize the exceptional women in the Daughtry family who have made significant contributions in their own right, while also supporting the men in their family. Also, some of the women I admire the most starting with my family and the women of history. Below are of some of the women who I admire the most in the fight for freedom and equality:
From left to right: my daughters, Ms. Sharon Daughtry, Dr. Dawnique Daughtry, Rev. Leah Daughtry and my wife Dr. Karen Daughtry in the center.
My daughter-in-law, Danielle Cooper Daughtry
Sarah Daughtry-Chambers and Lauren Joy, granddaughter-in-law and my great grand.
Mrs. Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela looking on and myself.
From left to right: myself, my daughter Sharon Daughtry, Ms. Rosa Parks, my wife Dr. Karen Daughtry, and my other daughter Leah Daughtry, Bishop Huie Rogers