This week I want to single out four women who have made me proud as a sister.
Kamina Johnson Smith
Our Jamaican foreign affairs minister put up a spirited campaign for the post of Commonwealth secretary general, coming up short by three votes. I don’t like Jamaica or Jamaicans to come second in anything but it was her first try. The world has seen what she is capable of, so get ready, Kamina. God might just be ready to call you soon. Congratulations to Baroness Scotland on retaining the job.
Ms Paula Llewellyn
Has anyone ever seen a more courageous woman than Ms Paula Lewellyn, the director of public prosecutions? She says he will try to get the death penalty for Rushane Barnett, who is accused of the cold-blooded killing of a mother and her four children in Clarendon. Ms Llewellyn could find herself as one woman against the world in trying to bring back the death penalty. But she will have almost the whole of Jamaica supporting her because they are tired of the incessant murders.
Ketanji Brown Jackson
The first ever black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court took the judicial oath on Thursday, becoming America’s 116th justice and sixth woman to serve on the its highest court. She won over many hearts by the way she conducted herself at her Senate confirmation hearing in April. I am hoping she doesn’t get embroiled in the politicking.
An evening of prayer and reflection on the life of Sarah Newland-Martin will be held today at Bethel Baptist Church, 6 Hope Road near Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, beginning at 6:00 pm. Jamaica and the YMCA which she headed for over three decades will miss her dynamic leadership of an organisation which helped pull some young boys from the brink.