THE FOUNDATION OF WESLEY WOODS HONORS
BWA BOARD MEMBER DR. DOLLY DESSELLE ADAMS & HER HUSBAND BISHOP JOHN HURST ADAMS
Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams, past president and executive board member of The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., and her husband John Hurst Adams, Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (ret.), were among four individuals honored recently by the Foundation of Wesley Woods – a senior living not-for-profit that provides retirement solutions for more than 1,800 older adults in communities across Georgia.
Bishop and Dr. Adams were recognized for their involvement in civil rights and social justice and raising awareness in the African-American community around cognitive disorders affecting seniors. “My parents are amazing people who have spent their entire lives giving back to every community in which they’ve lived , and they have worked tirelessly to make this world a better place for others,” said Marilyn H. Adams, one of the couple’s three daughters.
A native of Marksville, LA, Dr. Adams was raised in New Orleans. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate of Education from Baylor University, and she has lived a life of service as an educator, civic leader, church woman, wife, and mother.
Dr. Adams has been a teacher and administrator at each level of schooling – from pre-school Head Start through professional school – and has held faculty positions at eight different colleges and universities. Her community volunteer service includes serving as a member of the board of directors of the United Negro College Fund; Children’s Protective Services, and the Family Counseling and Children’s Services of McLennan County, Texas; Paul Quinn College Foundation; the Southern University Foundation, and Sisters of Charity Foundation. She was the newsletter editor for Church Women United, and is a member of the NAACP, the Washington Women’s Forum, the American Association of University Women and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. In addition, as the wife of the Bishop, Dr. Adams served as the Episcopal Supervisor of the Women’s Missionary Society, overseeing hundreds of groups of women. A consument leader, Dr. Adams was the eighth national president of The Links, Incorporated, and a past president of The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams – a woman of inestimable substance and service – and Bishop John Hurst Adams.
WASHINGTON, DC – Friday, September 18, 2020 – The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) went on the offensive today, hosting a virtual town hall devoted to protecting and securing the voting rights of African Americans and other people of color during its 43rd Annual Symposium. Moderated by Heather McGhee, Board Chair, The Color of Change, a panel of prominent political activists and observers – including Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President, Repairers of the Breach and Co-chair, Poor People’s Campaign; Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, anthropologist, educator and Board Chair of The National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., an esteemed author, commentator and Chairman of Princeton University’s Department of African-American Studies, and Aisha C. Mills, a nationally renowned political strategist and social impact advisor – discussed strategies for combatting voter suppression, registering and engaging African-American voters, and ensuring that they have the opportunity to make their voices heard.
The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) has partnered with Common Cause, an organization fighting for an accountable government, equal rights / opportunities / representation and empowering voices in the political process to get out the vote and protect the vote. This partnership will allow individuals and organizations to expand their community outreach by ensuring that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count.
The Election Protection Program provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting – from registration, to absentee and early voting, to casting a vote at the polls, to overcoming obstacles to their participation.
The Black Women’s Agenda endorses federal, state and local government public health warnings prescribed to mitigate the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS~CoV-2) (formerly called HCoV-19 and commonly called COVID-19).
The assertion that coronavirus only threatens older people has been debunked. While data is rapidly being compiled, COVID-19 is trending across all age demographics because of the potentially high transmission from virus shed in asymptomatic patients and the ability for the virus to remain infectious in the air for hours and on surfaces such as plastic and steel for days.