90 something years old. black, frail on a walker.
Ms. Emma came to St. Louis to marry her high school sweetheart, who was commissioned to pastor New Birth. Weeks after his confirmation and a month before the wedding he was diagnosed with a rare cancer in an accelerated stage and he passed away 2 days later.
Miss Emma had always been regarded as the honorary first lady ever since. Ms. Emma has held the leadership position in every office open to women in her church. She is still regarded as a powerful prayer warrior of the church. Ms. Emma has stayed away from politics as she evaluates the world and its affairs as they directly relate to Biblical scripture without compromise for special favors or group consensus. Miss Emma has managed her disagreement with the Church leadership’s compromises for political favor quietly and in prayer.
When the news of the killing of Jabari Burton by a White man came to her knowledge, it ignited the almost forgotten and horrifying memory of her brother and his friends senseless murder years and years ago when they were children. When Ms. Emma begins to speak and asserts her deep emotion, this came a shock to all who heard. They listened as though in suspended animation at the wonder of “Miss Emma Speaks”.