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Bishop John Hurst Adams

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Bishop

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
We Pray Much Your Strength.

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1927
Birth Location:
Columbia, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Bishop

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
We Pray Much Your Strength.

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1927
Birth Location:
Columbia
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Biography

Bishop and college president John Hurst Adams was born November 27, 1927 in Columbia, South Carolina to Charity Nash Adams, a homemaker and Reverend Eugene Avery Adams, an African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) minister and educator. Adams graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Columbia, South Carolina and in 1947 earned an A.B. degree in history from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Subsequently, he earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) degree and Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree from Boston University School of Theology in 1952 and 1956, respectively. Adams also studied at Harvard University and Union Theological Seminary, as well.

As a seminary student, Adams was assigned to the pastorate of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Lynn, Massachusetts. Upon graduating, he served on the seminary teaching faculty at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce University in Ohio. In 1956, Adams was selected to serve as President of Paul Quinn College, Waco, Texas during which time he also served as campus pastor to all the students. In 1972, Adams was selected as the 87th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church after a prophetic ministry at First A.M.E. Church in Seattle, Washington and Grant A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles, California. At the time of his retirement in 2004/2005, Adams had served as Bishop of five separate Episcopal Districts to include his home district of South Carolina from 1992 to 2000. He was Senior Bishop of the A.M.E. Church from 1988 until his retirement.

Adams served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Allen University, Edward Waters College and Morris Brown College. In addition, he served as transitional Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Atlanta University Center. He founded and was the Chairman Emeritus of the Congress of National Black Churches, Inc. (CNBC). Moreover, Bishop Adams is the initiator of Executive Management Training for Black Church Leaders and Chairman of the Institute of Church Administration and Management (ICAM) Board of Trustees. He was active with the Joint Center on Political and Economic Studies, Transafrica, National Black United Fund, King Center Development Board and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Adams was the husband of Dr. Dolly Deselle Adams of New Orleans, Louisiana. They had three adult children and eight grandchildren.

Adams passed away on January 10, 2018 at age 90.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his family's land ownership
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bishop John Hurst Adams lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bishop John Hurst Adams talks about his family name and his ancestry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his wife and family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bishop John Hurst Adams recalls his father's confrontation of the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers hearing Thurgood Marshall argue a case
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his childhood in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bishop John Hurst Adams recalls his early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes notable individuals from Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes the Waverly neighborhood of Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes the changes to the Waverly neighborhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers Waverly Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his early interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers Carver Junior High School in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his early employment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bishop John Hurst Adams recalls Booker T. Washington High School in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his activities at Booker T. Washington High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers Johnson C. Smith University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers Johnson C. Smith University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his decision to attend Boston University School of Theology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bishop John Hurst Adams recalls his decision to attend Boston University School of Theology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bishop John Hurst Adams recalls notable theologians at Boston University School of Theology, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bishop John Hurst Adams recalls notable theologians at Boston University School of Theology, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his early experiences as a pastor and teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bishop John Hurst Adams recalls his election as president of Paul Quinn College in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his role as a pastor at Paul Quinn College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers his civil rights activism in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Bishop John Hurst Adams talks about the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his role in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes the history of activism in the African Methodist Episcopal church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bishop John Hurst Adams recalls his pastorate of First A.M.E. church in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers the Central Area Civil Rights Committee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Bishop John Hurst Adams recalls his pastorate of Grant A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his ministry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his election as a bishop
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his role as bishop of the Tenth Episcopal District, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his role as bishop of the Tenth Episcopal District, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes the Congress of National Black Churches
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Bishop John Hurst Adams talks about the military industrial complex
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Bishop John Hurst Adams recalls serving as bishop to the Second Episcopal District
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his time as bishop of the Sixth Episcopal District
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Bishop John Hurst Adams talks about Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes the legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes the legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Bishop John Hurst Allen talks about biblical history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Bishop John Hurst Adams talks about biblical history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers serving as bishop of the Seventh Episcopal District, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers serving as bishop of the Seventh Episcopal District, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Bishop John Hurst Adams talks about female clergy in the African Methodist Episcopal church
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes the role of technology in the African Methodist Episcopal church
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Bishop John Hurst Adams recalls serving as the bishop of the Eleventh Episcopal District
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Bishop John Hurst Adams remembers his retirement as a bishop
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Bishop John Hurst describes the Institution of Church Administration and Management
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Bishop John Hurst Adams talks about The HistoryMakers project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Bishop John Hurst Adams reflects upon his values, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Bishop John Hurst Adams shares advice for those pursuing the ministry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Bishop John Hurst Adams reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his missionary work in Africa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Bishop John Hurst Adams talks about affirmative action and civil rights
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes the role of religion in the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes the role of sports in the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Bishop John Hurst Adams reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Bishop John Hurst Adams reflects upon his values, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Bishop John Hurst Adams describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Bishop John Hurst Adams shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Bishop John Hurst Adams reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Bishop John Hurst Adams narrates his photographs