Dr. Renita J. Weems to be honored at the Women of Legend and Merit Awards 2015
Nashville, Tenn. (ABC News Service) - The annual Women of Legend and Merit Awards hosted by Tennessee State University will honor Dr. Renita J. Weems, Vice President of Academic Affairs at American Baptist College and other women leaders on Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m. at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville. Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson will serve as the keynote speaker for the evening.
The Women of Legend and Merit Awards is an annual celebration saluting dynamic women leaders in business and the community in a variety of fields. Dr. Renita J. Weems will be honored along side Barbara Landers Bowles, Sharon Kay, Mercedes C. Mayor-Faulcon, Sherri Neal, Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, Renato Soto, and Wendy Thompson.
"Tennessee State University is proud to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women in our community, and the Women of Legend and Merit Awards presents a perfect opportunity for us to highlight the achievements so many have made in advancing our community and nation," said Dr. Glenda Glover, President of Tennessee State University.
Dr. Renita J. Weems is a biblical scholar, an academic administrator, a writer, an ordained minister, and a public intellectual, whose scholarly insights into modern faith, biblical texts, and the role of spirituality in everyday lives make her a highly sought-after writer and speaker.
Dr. Weems is the author of several widely-acclaimed books on women's spirituality and wholeness: “Just A Sister Away” (1987 & 2005), “I Asked for Intimacy” (1993), “Showing Mary: How Women Can Share Prayers, Wisdom, and the Blessings of God” (2003), and, “What Matters Most: Ten Passionate Lessons from the Song of Solomon” (2004). A guest speaker for numerous national gatherings of religious, civic, and sorority organizations, local churches, community-wide events, and radio and television programs.
Ordained an elder in the AME Church since 1984, Dr. Weems has written about the waxing and waning of faith all believers endure on the spiritual journey. Her 1999 book, “Listening for God: A Minister's Journey through Silence and Doubt” (Simon & Schuster), won the Religious Communicators' Council's prestigious 1999 Wilbur Award for “excellence in communicating spiritual values to the secular media”. As a scholar she has numerous books, commentaries and articles on the bible and prophetic religion to her credit. In 2008, Yale University invited Dr. Weems to give the prestigious Lyman Beecher Lecturer, making her the first African American woman to do so.