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.
In this season of Thanksgiving let us embrace the words of renowned poet Maya Angelou-
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
Thanksgiving is a time when we gather around the table with family, friends, and loved ones to celebrate our blessings of the past year. It is our time to put aside our differences, give thanks for our blessings, and express our gratitude.
As we are move into the last weeks of 2023, we have witnessed and experienced some of the most challenging times that many of us have ever seen. Amid these times, we have been brought closer together not because of our similarities but because of our differences.
During our 2019 Symposium, Our WA President Gwainevere Catchings Hess said,
THE BLACK WOMEN’S AGENDA, INC. ENDORSES KETANJI BROWN JACKSON’S NOMINATION TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT
The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) today announced its enthusiastic support for President Joseph Biden’s nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court. “While there are many individuals, including numerous Black women, who are exceptionally qualified to assume a seat on the nation’s highest court, Ketanji Brown Jackson comes to this moment with impeccable credentials,” said Gwainevere Catchings Hess, BWA’s National President.
The Black Women's Agenda, Inc., under the sponsorship of The Coca-Cola Company and in collaboration with BWA National Collaborating Organizations, proudly presents its virtual learning series of Financial Workshops as a part of I Am the Change: Empowerment Through Economic Freedom. This three-part series, hosted by financial expert Martin Booker of AARP and featuring illustrious guest speakers, is designed to impart essential skills to help black women to unlock their financial potential and take charge of their economic well-being.