Trevecca Nazarene University

Black History Month event

Black History Commemoration at Trevecca Nazarene University

The Rev. Vashti McKenzie, the first woman Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will speak at Trevecca Nazarene University on Thursday, Feb. 21, as part of the University’s Black History Month events.

McKenzie will speak on the topic of “From Slavery to Freedom,” Trevecca’s theme for Black History Month 2008.

In addition to her role as Bishop of the AME Church, a 213-year-old denomination, McKenzie has devoted time to urban issues, such as securing a $1.5 million welfare-to-work contract in Maryland and helping to open orphanages and parental-support systems in Botswana and Mozambique for children who have lost parents to AIDS. She is the author of Not Without Struggle (1996) and Strength in the Struggle (2000) and was recognized as one of Ebony's 15 Greatest African American Female Preachers in 1997. She has spoken at the White House and at the Democratic National Convention.

McKenzie will speak on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 9:30 A.M. in the chapel service held at Trevecca Community Church, located at the foot of the campus.