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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (Seafood)
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, Ft Walton, Florida
Favorite Quote:
Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God, And His Righteousness; And All These Things Shall Be Added Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
8/13/1931
Birth Location:
Marksville, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (Seafood)
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, Ft Walton, Florida
Favorite Quote:
Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God, And His Righteousness; And All These Things Shall Be Added Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
8/13/1931
Birth Location:
Marksville
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Biography

Nonprofit executive Dolly Desselle Adams was born in Marksville, Louisiana on August 13, 1931, the only child of Moses J. Following her graduation from of Xavier University Preparatory High School in New Orleans, Adams enrolled at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she received her B.S. degree. Adams went on to earn her M.A. degree in education from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D degree in education from Baylor University.

As an educator, Adams has held a variety of positions, including elementary school teacher and administrator; college dean and Professor at the University of Michigan, Wilberforce University, Albany State College, Paul Quinn College, and Howard University School of Law. Adams last served as an adjunct professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia. She has also held outstanding leadership positions in community service organizations. Her role as Episcopal Supervisor of the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) and the Ministers’ Wives of the Tenth (Texas), Second (Mid-Atlantic States), Sixth (Georgia) and Seventh (South Carolina) and Eleventh (Florida and Bahamas) Episcopal Districts covered a span of 32 years. Adams served for four years as National President of The Links, Inc., and The Links Foundation, Inc., and five years as National President of the Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. In addition, Adams served on the board of directors of the United Negro College Fund, Paul Quinn College Foundation, the Southern University Foundation and the sisters of Charity Foundation. Adams now serves on the Board of Directors of the Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., the WMS Foundation and the Links, Inc.

From 1982-86, Adams was cited as one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans” by Ebony Magazine, and Dollars & Sense Magazine named her as one of the “Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women” 1986 and 1987. Adams is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the N.A.A.C.P. In recognition of her services in South Carolina, the Governor presented to her the Order of the Palmetto, the highest citation given by the State to a citizen.

Adams and her husband, Reverend John Hurst Adams, live in Atlanta, Georgia. They are the parents of three successful daughters: Attorney Gaye Adams Massey, Dr. Jann Adams, and Madelyn R. Adams

Dolly Desselle Adams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 13, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dolly Adams's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dolly Adams lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dolly Adams describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dolly Adams describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dolly Adams describes her father's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dolly Adams describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dolly Adams describes her parents' personalities and her likeness to them
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dolly Adams describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dolly Adams describes her education in Marksville, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dolly Adams describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dolly Adams remembers her educational influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dolly Adams recalls the educational environment at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dolly Adams remembers the Xavier University Preparatory School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dolly Adams recalls her graduation from Xavier University Preparatory School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dolly Adams recalls the mentorship of Professor Julia Purnell
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dolly Adams remembers the end of World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dolly Adams remembers the marching band at Southern University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dolly Adams remembers substitute teaching in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dolly Adams recalls her decision to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dolly Adams remembers segregation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dolly Adams recalls working at the Neuropsychiatric Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dolly Adams recalls joining the faculty of Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dolly Adams remembers Wilberforce University President Charles Leander Hill
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dolly Adams remembers meeting her husband, Bishop John Hurst Adams
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dolly Adams recalls moving to Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dolly Adams talks about the desegregation of Waco, Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dolly Adams talks about the desegregation of Waco, Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dolly Adams describes her role as the dean of students at Paul Quinn College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dolly Adams lists the schools affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dolly Adams remembers moving to Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dolly Adams describes her husband's education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dolly Adams recalls the reprisals against her civil rights activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dolly Adams remembers the Black Panther Party in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Dolly Adams remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dolly Adams talks about the renaming of King County, Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dolly Adams describes the Grant A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dolly Adams describes the founding of The Links
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dolly Adams talks about the activities of The Links
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dolly Adams describes her duties and mentors in the church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dolly Adams talks about female preachers in the African Methodist Episcopal church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dolly Adams recalls her husband's election as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dolly Adams describes her doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dolly Adams talks about the benefits of online universities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dolly Adams recalls her experiences at Baylor University in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dolly Adams talks about her work with Planned Parenthood in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dolly Adams recalls teaching at the Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dolly Adams remembers moving to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dolly Adams describes her community involvement in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dolly Adams recalls traveling to Kenya with The Links
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dolly Adams describes The Links' international presence
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dolly Adams remembers writing 'She in the Glass House'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dolly Adams remembers living in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dolly Adams talks about the Gullah culture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dolly Adams describes the services in the African Methodist Episcopal church
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dolly Adams describes her work in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dolly Adams describes her work in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dolly Adams describes the Black Women's Agenda
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dolly Adams describes her activities during retirement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dolly Adams reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dolly Adams describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dolly Adams describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dolly Adams narrates her photographs