Published January 24, 2017
In a column I wrote after my first Southern Baptist Convention, I said, "The beauty (and effectiveness) of Southern Baptists is their diversity." I was amazed that so many different personalities comprised this group of evangelicals known as the Southern Baptists.
However, I have not always prized diversity. As one of the only half-black girls in the predominately white school, church and extended family I grew up in, I hated being different. Although my skin was light enough to be often mistaken for "white," my dark, unruly, texturized curls were like a siren on my head, showing that I was different. I hated them. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve come to embrace it.