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Michelle Obama to give keynote address at AME Church Conference

First Lady Michelle Obama
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First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to give the keynote address at the 49th General Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference on June 28th. The event is currently underway at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville (Tennessee), and will run through July 4th.

Founded in 1787, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is said to be the oldest African American denomination in the United States, boasting membership of more than three million people. This year marks the first time the church conference has been held in Nashville since 1872.

In anticipation of the notable event, Bishop Vashti McKenzie stated, “We are extremely honored First Lady Michelle Obama will be sharing her thoughts at this quadrennial meeting.” Certainly, both women are groundbreaking history makers. While Michelle Obama serves as the first African American first lady, Bishop McKenzie currently serves as the first woman elected as bishop in the denomination’s history.

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