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Allen Temple Baptist Church's First Female Senior Pastor In Their 100-Year History

Denisha DeLane
Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson

At Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, it’s not the future that’s female, it’s the present. Reverend Dr. Jacqueline Thompson is the first female senior pastor in the church’s 100-year history. She talks about her vision for leadership and gender issues in the black church.

"Within the Black church, one of the things that we have been guilty of is patriarchy and misogyny. Even though most Black churches are filled with African-American women, they are often shut out of clergy leadership."

Watch Pastor Jackie's historical installation here.

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Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.