African Woman Raises Awareness Through Speech

In celebration of Women’s History Month, William Woods University will host a program about the role of women in Africa.

Karley King was African born and raised, but received her university education in the United States. She will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the Library Auditorium. She will also speak from noon to 1 p.m. in HAZEL 112 at Westminster College.

King was born Addokarley Queen Elizabeth Mensah in Accra, Ghana, in West Africa. She was raised in Lome, the capital city of Togo, a neighboring country of Ghana.

Addokarley, her traditional name, means “third daughter,” and her European name was derived from the British queen’s visit to Ghana at the time of her birth.

In 1989, King came to the United States to study at the City University in New York. She earned both bachelor of science and master of public health administration degrees. She lived in New York until she moved to St. Louis with her family in 2004.

Growing up speaking French and several African languages, King learned English later, which delayed and challenged her studies even more. She also supported herself through college by working three jobs.

King worked as an administrator for a major cerebral palsy care agency in New York after college, but is now the director of enabling services for People’s Health Center in St. Louis. It is one of the country’s premier community health centers. King hopes to found and direct her own healthcare agency in Missouri one day.

For more information, contact Cindi Elliott in WWU’s office of multicultural affairs at (573) 592-4358.