Ambassador Sujay, aka America’s Queen of Inspiration Offers THE UNSUNG SHE-ROES On the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 And the Release of Two New Books, My Fabulous Fifth Chapter & Rhythms of Rest
Dubbed by NY Times as Oprah and Billy Graham rolled into one”
On Friday, September 10th, the 20th anniversary weekend, Women on the Worldstage, along with OUR DAILY BREAD Ministries, will be honoring these remarkable women at a luncheon in Harlem, from 12- 2 PM at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, 132 W 116th Street.
THE UNSUNG SHE-ROES of 9-1-1
This is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Ambassador Sujay was a NYC Police Dept Chaplain on the front lines at the time, the first woman in the Unit, there for 21 years, and the only woman and the only African American at Ground Zero. Little is known about the Black Presence at Ground Zero, but there were some others who were 9-1-1 operators and dispatchers, who were on the phone lines, trying to save lives, keeping people hopeful and encouraged until either help came, or they jumped or burned to their untimely death. They are the five Black women who continued to work and were never publicly acknowledged, and who still work for 9-1-1 and the NYPD. They are our Unsung She-roes. They displayed faith, courage and fortitude, brilliance, and resilience. Together with Ambassador Sujay’s organization, Women on the Worldstage (W.O.W.) and Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB), they continue our tradition of honoring and amplifying the voices of Servant Leader women (and some men) who help empower, inspire and lead people to new levels of empowerment, centering on self-care and soul care. The Unsung She-roes Awards, in NYC and Washington DC, have been presented since 2014.
TWO NEW BOOKS
Now, author of her 15th and 16th books, in My Fabulous Fifth Chapter: It’s My Turn Now! (Pub Date Oct 15th) Ambassador Sujay explains that there are Five Chapters in life. From birth through the childhood years is Chapter One. Then, come the formative teenage years, Chapter Two. As you mature into Chapter Three, you’re entering the young-adult years. Then before you know it, you’re in Chapter Four, your adult years. In many respects you have started to establish a routine, some say a “rut-ine,” and you’re just not satisfied getting a cup of coffee at 7 a.m., eating a bagel at 8 a.m., and then vegetating on the game shows, followed by the news shows, followed by the nightly features. You know which shows are on when, and whether or not you identify with the storylines. Drumroll, please! You have arrived at your fabulous Fifth Chapter, and looking back you realized that at age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all. It’s your turn now.
Also soon to be released is Rhythms of Rest (Pub date Sept 7th, 2021) 40 Devotions for Women on the Move – the author and each of the contributing writers are icons and influencers to audiences world-wide, collectively creating a devotional book by and for African American women.
ABOUT REV. DR. SUZAN D JOHNSON COOK (Ambassador Sujay)
What do two U.S. presidents, Coretta Scott King, the New York Police Department, and the first female president in Africa have in common? All have ties to Rev. Dr. Suzan D Johnson Cook (aka Ambassador Sujay), known as America’s Queen of Inspiration. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, further amplifying her portfolio on inspiration. Her goal is to bring the voices of strong women from around the globe to speaking candidly about family, food & faith.
Ambassador Sujay’s inspiring resume includes the following:
- She advised President Bill Clinton, as a White House fellow on the Domestic Policy Council and worked with the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on faith-based issues.
- She was the first female and African American to hold the position of U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom.
- She was the first female New York City Police Department Chaplain for twenty-one years.
- In demand as a motivator and keynote speaker, she has given more than 3,000 speeches.
- A civil, gender and human rights activist, she officiated the funeral services for her mentor and godmother, civil rights legend, Coretta Scott King.
- She’s written 14 books.
Before Ambassador Sujay was confirmed as President Barack Obama’s U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, (U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton nominated her for the position), she endured a nearly two-year political battle that tested the Baptist Bronx minister’s resilience and stamina. The grace, strength, and poise with which she handled the challenge inspired legions and further enhanced her legacy as a Queen of Inspiration. Once on the job, Ambassador Sujay had the pleasure of meeting and working with other inspirational women through her goodwill travels to 199 countries. This series will give her the opportunity to do what she became so skillful at doing as ambassador — shine a spotlight on accomplished global women and their stories of faith, family, and the food that brings communities together.