Cheryl Townsend Gilkes was quoted in the Sept. 10 CBC story “For black women at church, it’s more than the Aretha Franklin eulogy” about reaction to the eulogy for Aretha Franklin delivered by Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, told the CBC that some male ministers’ “reading of the Bible does not have a vision of gender equality.  Black women are very conscious of how important they are to the survival, growth and continuity of the church. Very often, to become effective, prominent leaders, they have formed their own organizations and exercised that leadership outside the pulpit.” Gilkes is also assistant pastor for special projects at Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass.

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