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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator
Consultant
Author
Science Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Meatloaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
Get up with something on your mind.

Birthplace

Born:
3/28/1940
Birth Location:
Danville, Virginia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator
Consultant
Author
Science Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Meatloaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
Get up with something on your mind.

Birthplace

Born:
3/28/1940
Birth Location:
Danville
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Biography

Educator, consultant, and author, Howard G. Adams was born on March 28, 1940 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia to Delsia Mae Waller Adams and Daniel Boone Adams. As a child, he helped his father on the family farm and enjoyed exploring nature. Adams attended Southside High School, Blairs, Virginia. During high school, he worked after-school as a kitchen helper at the Greyhound bus station in Danville, Virginia. In 1958, Adams graduated from high school, and then moved Paterson, New Jersey to escape from the segregated south. In 1959, Adams enrolled at the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College (now Norfolk State University) where he majored in biology. In order to finance his education, Adams worked at a supermarket and, during his senior year, at a fast food restaurant. Adams was active on campus, serving as Cadet Captain in the ROTC Military Science Program, president of the sophomore and senior classes, president of the biology club, and vice president of the student government association. He received his B.S. degree in biology from Norfolk State College in 1964.

That same year, Adams began his professional career as a general science teacher at Jacox Junior High School in the Norfolk City Schools System. He also received his M.S. degree in biology from Virginia State College (now Virginia State University) in 1968 as a National Science Foundation In-Service Fellow. In 1970, Norfolk State University President Lyman Beecher Brooks recruited Adams to serve as the school’s first director of alumni affairs. After three years in that position, he was promoted to vice president for student affairs at Norfolk State University. Adams also enrolled in Syracuse University’s higher education administration program, receiving his Ph.D. degree in 1978. Adams then accepted the position of executive director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. In 1989, President Ronald Regan appointed Adams to a U.S. congressional task force on women, minorities and the handicapped in science and technology. Adams founded his consulting company, H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc. in 1995.

Adams has received numerous awards including the Centennial Medallion from the American Society of Engineering Education. He was named a 20th Century Outstanding Educator by Black Issues in Higher Education and he also received the Golden Torch Award Lifetime Achievement in Academia from The National Society of Black Engineers. Adams was named by President Clinton as one of the first recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Mentoring. In addition, Adams is a board member of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and was a former faculty member of AABHE’s Leadership and Mentoring Institute. He has written three books including his 2002 book “Get Up with Something on your Mind! Lessons for Navigating Life” and over fifteen self-help guides and handbooks. Adams is married to the Eloise Adams, Ph.D. and they have one daughter, Stephanie Glenn Adams, Ph.D.

Howard Adams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 8, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Howard Adams lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Howard Adams describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Howard Adams talks about his mother's growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Howard Adams describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Howard Adams talks about his father's growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Howard Adams talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Howard Adams describes the Primitive Baptist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Howard Adams talks about the Primitive Baptist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Howard Adams talks about his parents and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Howard Adams talks about his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Howard Adams describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Howard Adams talks about his father's business relationships
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Howard Adams talks about growing up in Virginia and the Martinsville Seven Case
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Howard Adams talks about South Side High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Howard Adams talks about his elementary school experience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Howard Adams talks about his favorite subjects and teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Howard Adams talks about the murder of Melvin Ferguson and racial tensions in Virginia during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Howard Adams talks about working at the Greyhound Bus Station
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Howard Adams talks about his interest in baseball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Howard Adams talks about the arrival of electricity to his neighborhood and his interest in sports
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Howard Adams talks about his decision to move to New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Howard Adams talks about his experience in New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Howard Adams talks about his mentor and his experience at Norfolk State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Howard Adams talks about his extracurricular activities and his colleague, Julian Manly Earls
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Howard Adams talks about his mentors from Norfolk State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Howard Adams talks about his involvement in Civil Rights organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Howard Adams talks about his post-baccalaureate job prospects
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Howard Adams talks about his experience teaching in the Norfolk Public School System, part 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Howard Adams talks about his experience teaching in the Norfolk Public School System, part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Howard Adams talks about his experience working in administration at Norfolk State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Howard Adams talks about his decision to attend Syracuse University for his doctoral studies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Howard Adams talks about his work at the University of Notre Dame
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Howard Adams talks about his work at the University of Notre Dame, part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Howard Adams talks about his work at the University of Notre Dame, part 3
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Howard Adams talks about his philosophy for success
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Howard Adams talks about his booklets
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Howard Adams talks about his speaking appointments and future plans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Howard Adams reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Howard Adams reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Howard Adams talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Howard Adams talks about the problems with U.S. education, part 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Howard Adams talks about the problems with U.S. education, part 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Howard Adams talks about the politics of graduate internships
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Howard Adams talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Howard Adams talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Howard Adams describes his photos