Convocation to Feature First Female Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

February 12, 2008

OGDEN, Utah – Vashti Murphy McKenzie, currently a member of the council of bishops in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will speak Feb. 19 in conjunction with Weber State University's observance of Black History Month.

The event will take place at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballroom on WSU's Ogden campus.

McKenzie's presentation, "Piercing and Breaking the Stained-Glass Ceiling," chronicles her experiences as the first woman ever elected as bishop of the AME Church. In her current assignment with the council of bishops, McKenzie oversees the operation of the church worldwide.

A former journalist, McKenzie holds a master's degree and doctorate of divinity. She is the author of several books, including "Journey to the Well." McKenzie is widely recognized as an expert on the theological and historical struggles of black women in the AME Church and a civil rights advocate.

McKenzie's presentation, part of WSU's Convocation Lecture Series, is free to the public.

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Contact:  Bill Fruth, Shepherd Union Building director
(801) 626-7641 •

Author:  Jonathan McBride, office of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 •