A quiet cadence has been tap-tap-tapping inside the chamber of social media and reverberating into in-person conversations at various conferences and events, but it needs to get louder: we need more Christian women of color represented in publishing, on conference and event faculties, in the speaker line-up, in the audience. We need more Christian women of color represented on our blogs, websites, and podcasts. We need to see and hear more Christian women of color, period.

The resource that follows is one small attempt to pick up my mallet and join the drum beat, to add my energy and efforts toward amplifying the sound of necessity. The sound of worth.

I lament the fact that this type of resource is even necessary. But if we’re going to make steps to march in the right direction, we have to start somewhere.

After reading Deidra Riggs’ post, How to Add an Inclusion Rider to Your Contract, I decided to approach a few Christian conference coordinators to respectfully and lovingly ask whether they would consider adding some women of color to their speaker line-up.

They responded graciously but sang the same song: “We don’t know who to ask. Do you have any recommendations?”

My hope and prayer is that the following list will become the birthing place from which countless new relationships will grow and develop.

Before you scan, scroll, and click away, please hear this: This resource is not meant to be a means for you to cherry pick or tokenize the women listed below. If that’s your intention, with all due respect, you’re in the wrong place.

Instead, my prayer is that you would get to know these women of God. That you would read their work, buy their books, listen to them speak. Interact with them on social media, comment on their blog posts, invite them to your events. Build relationships.

women of colorOf course, this “directory” (for lack of a better term) is by no means exhaustive. I repeat: There are many more Christian women of color out there for you to get to know, read, listen to, invite.

If you have a name you’d like me to add, please email me at kate@fiveminutefriday.com. Similarly, if your name is on this list and you prefer for it to be removed, please let me know and I’ll gladly remove it.

If you’re reading this as a Christian woman of color, consider joining the Christian Women Communicators of Color Network on Facebook.

Please note that while I have included to the best of my ability women of color who profess to love Jesus, as with any list like this, a wide spectrum of theological viewpoints are represented. As I’ve encouraged you above, take time to get to know these women and discover which of them would be the best fit for your blog, website, conference, book club, etc.

This should go without saying, but these women of color are first and foremost women of God, and most of them love writing and talking about topics that span far beyond issues of race. Please don’t just invite them to be the token voice or face on your panel about race, unless they clearly indicate that as their primary passion.

If you truly take the time to get to know them and read their work, you’ll learn that these women are wise, capable, and competent voices with much to offer on a vast array of topics including the Bible, business, art, music, and various aspects of the writing life including memoir, essays, poetry, fiction, and more.

Some of the women listed below are seasoned speakers, while others prefer writing. Some have busier schedules than others and may be more difficult to reach. If you have a genuine desire to see increased diversity in Christian publishing, don’t give up.

Bookmark this post and check back often, as I plan to update the list on a regular basis. 

If you have suggestions for improvement, feel free to contact me at the email address given above.

Most of all, my prayer is that the Lord would use this resource for His glory, however He may see fit to do so.

 

 

 

The following list is alphabetical by last name:

 

Karina Allen

Website: https://forhisnameandhisrenown.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/karina268

Kristie Anyabwile

Website: https://iamconvinced.wordpress.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristieanyabwile/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kanyabwile

Quantrilla Ard

Website: https://www.thephdmamma.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quantrilla.ard
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quannyboo/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/qyard08

Christin Baker

Website: http://garmentsofsplendor.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garmentsofsplendor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/christinbaker12

Katherine Barner

Website: https://katherinebarner.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrsKatSpeaks

Lucretia Berry

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucretiaberry/

Tiffany Blackman

Website: https://tblackmanspeaks.wixsite.com/inspire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tblackman-Speaks-853616144839113/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tblackmanspeaks/

Paula Blackwell

Website: http://paulablackwell.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Redellswife
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paulaprinciples/

Ariel Gonzalez Bovat

Website: https://arielgbovat.com

Cindy Wang Brandt

Website: http://cindywords.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cindy_w_brandt

Amena Brown

Website: http://www.amenabrown.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/amenabee

Austin Channing Brown

Website: http://austinchanning.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/austinchanning

Velynn Brown

Website: https://velynnbrown.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/velynnbrown/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vbrownquenched/

Shana Browne

Website: https://theonesourceblog.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brownetime08

Tasha Burgoyne

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tashajunb/

Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

Website: https://www.chengtozun.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dorcasct
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dorcas_ct

Grace Cho

Website: http://gracepcho.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracepcho/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gracepcho

Kaitlin Curtice

Website: https://kaitlincurtice.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaitlincurticewriter/

Karin Dancy

Heather Thompson Day

Website: http://www.heatherthompsonday.com/home.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherTDay
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHeatherThompsonDay

Judy Wu Dominick

Website: https://lifereconsidered.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JudyWuDominick/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/judydominick

Tai East

Website: https://aspiritkissedsoul.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aspiritkissedsoul/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaiEast

Lisha Epperson

Website: http://lishaepperson.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lishaepperson

Nasreen Fynewever

Website: https://nasreenfynewever.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nasreenalive

Jessica Galán

Website: http://www.jessicagalan.net
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dahliacollective/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MalleableHeart

Dorina Lazo Gilmore

 

Karen González

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_karenjgonzalez

Patrice Gopo

Website: https://www.patricegopo.com/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/patricegopo/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patricegopowrites/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/patricegopo

Aretha Grant

Website: www.reeinspired.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReeInspired

Marlena Graves

Website: http://marlenagraves.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarlenaGraves

Bonnie Gray

Website: http://thebonniegray.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebonniegray
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebonniegray/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheBonnieGray

Chelsea Green

Website: http://www.theurbanher.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theurbanher
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theurbanher/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/theurbanher/

Josina Guess

Website: http://josinaskitchentable.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/josinaguess

Mekdes Haddis

Website: https://mekdeisha.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mekdeisha

Lisa Sharon Harper

Website: https://www.lisasharonharper.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lisasharper
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisasharonharper

Shakirah A. Hill

Website: http://www.shakirahadianna.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShakirahAdianna

Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

Website: http://cisneroscafe.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cisneroscafe/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cisneroscafe/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CisnerosCafe

Angie Hong

Website: http://www.angiekayhong.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/angiekayhong

Timogi Jackson

Website: https://www.sagegardencare.org/timogi-jackson/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mstimogijackson/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/timogijackson/

Ruthie Johnson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aquietstrength

Alia Joy

Website: http://aliajoy.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aliajoy/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliaJoyH

Kathy Khang

Website: http://www.kathykhang.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mskathykhang
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kathykhangauthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mskathykhang/

Tyra Lane-Kingsland

 

Latoya

Website: https://www.powerfulu.net
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PowerfulUBlog

Dolly Lee

Website: http://soulstops.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Soulstops/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dollymlee/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoulStops

Helen Lee

Website: http://helenleeauthor.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helenleebooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HelenLeeBooks

Vivian Mabuni

Website: http://vivianmabuni.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VivianMabuniWriter
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vivmabuni/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vivmabuni

Gricel Medina

 

Osheta Moore

Website: http://shalominthecity.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/osheta

Latasha Morrison

Website: http://www.latashamorrison.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/latashamorrison/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LatashaMorrison

Trillia Newbell

Website: http://www.trillianewbell.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/trillianewbell

Morgan Harper Nichols

Website: http://morganharpernichols.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morganharpernichols/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morganharpernichols/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/morganhnichols

Nilwona Nowlin

Website: http://nilwona.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nilwona
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDreamerSpeaks/

Esther O’Connor

Website: http://estheroconnorministries.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014441506348

Bianca Olthoff

Website: https://www.biancaolthoff.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/biancaolthoff

Anjuli Paschall

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lovealways.anjuli/

Jackie Hill Perry

Website: http://www.jackiehillperry.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JackieHillPerry

Shannon Polk

Website: http://www.shannonpolk.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shas

Erendira Ramirez-Ortega

Website: http://erortega.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erortegawriter/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sowntosprout/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BelovedEro

Patricia Raybon

Website: http://www.patriciaraybon.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaRaybonAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/patriciaraybon

Michelle Reyes

Website: http://www.theartoftaleh.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dr_reyes2

Deidra Riggs

Wesbite: http://www.deidrariggs.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeidraRiggs

Colletta Rhoads

Website: http://collettarhoads.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RhoadsColletta

Lisa Robinson

Website: https://theothoughts.com

Barb Roose

Website: https://barbroose.com

Grace Sandra

Website: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/everydayblackmatters/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Grace_Sandra_

Jo Saxton

Website: https://www.josaxton.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/josaxton

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Website: http://www.natashasrobinson.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatashaSistrunkRobinson
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nlsrobinson/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ASISTASJOURNEY

Ruth Chou Simons

Website: https://gracelaced.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracelaced
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracelaced/

Kia Stephens

Website: http://www.fatherswap.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FatherSwap

Joan Taylor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IamJoanTaylor
Website: https://joantaylor.org

Ekemini Uwan

Sandra Van Opstal

Website: http://www.sandravanopstal.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sandravanopstal

Prasanta Verma

Website: https://pathoftreasure.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prasantavermawriter/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prasanta_v_writer/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pathoftreasure

Alice William

Website: http://www.walkinginword.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/walkinginword
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alicewilliam86/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alicewilliam86/

Dorina Williamson

Website: https://www.dorenawilliamson.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dorenawill
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dorenawilliamson/

Chelle Wilson

Website: https://chelleawilson.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/treatmetoafeast

Jessica Wong

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sueishenhua

April Yamasaki

Website: https://aprilyamasaki.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SacredPauses

Jenny Yang

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JennyYangWR

If you know any of the ladies mentioned above, if you’ve heard them speak, if you’ve read their work, feel free to give them a shout out in the comments below! Your recommendation may help others make connections as well.

Finally, help us spread the word by sharing this post as we seek to make a positive difference toward increased diversity. Thank you for your help and support!

Kate Motaung, Heading Home

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