Ayanna Johnson Watkins

Ayanna Johnson Watkins is director of the National Benevolent Association Incubate Initiative and a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

When she knew she was dying, my grandmother took me to see the cornerstone of a small brick church in my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. I didn’t recognize the sign outside. It was a Baptist church, I think. It was pretty rundown, but still in better shape than the neighborhood. Overgrown vacant lots were everywhere; it was like visiting an abandoned church in the jungle.
March 22, 2015