*While promoting her stage play, “Things Your Man Won’t Do,” at an Atlanta radio station, actress Essence Atkins kneeled down to a seated stranger, Allison Person, and washed her feet as an act of ‘true sisterhood.’
As The Huff Post reports, the skit was initially about something one’s significant other wouldn’t do, but Atkins turned that moment into a moving gesture when she began rolling her sleeves up, moving Allison to tears as she connected with the woman through their shared experience as black women.
“This wasn’t planned for me to do this, but sisters, it’s important that we love on each other,” a choked up Atkins said. “I know I just met you today but I know the road that you walk.”
Allison covered her teary eyes as Atkins continued her heartfelt speech.
“I want you to know that I got you, that I support you and I love you,” Atkins said. “And if we don’t give that to each other y’all we are lost. We will never be what we can be.”
Allison later posted a response video on Facebook expressing her gratitude and urging others to spread the same love she received from Atkins.
“It was overwhelming, the love that she gave me being that she didn’t know me, still doesn’t know me,” Person said, saying she had been going through a tough emotional time, unbeknownst to Atkins. “I pray that metaphorically you wash the feet of someone else, you do something that pulls you out of your level of comfortability and serve someone else. It’s so much deeper than her washing my feet but it’s simply us serving one another.”
Watch the entire video of this beautiful act of sisterhood below.