Why This Male Pastor Attended the Women’s March

David McDaniel, pastor at Holmeswood Baptist Church, reflects on the Women’s March on Washington and his participation in it.

The Women’s March at Washington Park in Kansas  City was part of a nationwide movement.



“Today I Stand”

Women’s March on Washington in Kansas City

By David McDaniel

Senior Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, I stood in Washington Square Park alongside my sisters and brothers and participated in the Women’s March on Washington in Kansas City.  While I stood, I reflected on why I was there.  I, a Caucasian, male, Baptist pastor, stood to lift my voice and declare with others that we as a people are not going back in time.  This is why I stood.  This is why I still stand.legalize-empathy

Today, I stand.  

Today, I stand in solidarity.


Today, I stand in solidarity with my:

  •  Wife who enters a patient’s room and it is assumed she is the nurse instead of the physician.
  •  Mom who never received equal pay for her work as a clergywoman as compared to her male clergy colleagues.
  •   Possible future daughter who will enter into a world in which her country’s leader boasts of his freedom to commit sexual assault.
  •   Sisters who are pressured to marry by a certain age and then place their careers on hold in order to raise a family.
  •   Grandmother, who taught my father, who taught me that all household chores are gender neutral.
  •   Lesbian and Transgender sisters who are bullied out of their rental homes.
  •   Islamic practicers who are fearful to openly live into their faith.
  •   Immigrant dwellers who seek a home in the land that proclaims, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”   
  •   Fellow mourners who justly and painstakingly terminated a pregnancy but are ridiculed for their empathetic decision.

Today I stand in solidarity with all who have been told they are less-than, unworthy, despicable.

Today I stand in solidarity with all who have been sexually, verbally, and physically abused.

Today I stand because I refuse to sit.  

I refuse to passively breathe life into inequality.

Today I stand for all my sisters in this diverse family.

Today I stand in solidarity.

Today I stand.

womens-marchDavid McDaniel, (far left) is Senior Pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church, 9700 Holmes Rd. Here he stands next to his wife and family members.


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