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Dr. Carol L. Adams

Dr. Carol L. Adams (May 11, 1944-)
Educator/Sociologist/African Diaspora Thought Leader-President & CEO DuSable Museum of African-American History


During Black History Month 2014, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience is honoring faithful Black women freedom fighters. Today we honor Dr. Carol L. Adams.

Carol AdamsBorn May 11, 1944, in Louisville, Kentucky to William and Lora Adams, Dr. Carol L. Adams has spent much of her career engaged in cultural arts research, analysis and production. Her unique perspective on art its integral role in shaping and defining culture and community is informed by her parallel study of sociology and Africana history and culture. Dr. Adams spent a number of years in academia as research director for the Center for Inner City Studies (CICS) at Northeastern Illinois University where her work earned her a tenured teaching position. She would later go on to serve as the director of African American studies at Loyola University and Dean of adult and continuing education at Kennedy King College.  Dr. Adams has also traveled and consulted throughout the African Diaspora. In 2003, she was part of a delegation invited to the United Nations by Director Kofi Annan to discuss how relationships between African- Americans and the United Nations could be furthered.

Through her work with the Global Integrated Development Group, Dr. Adams has helped launch two major entrepreneurial ventures: Made in Africa and BUTTA (Bringing You the Treasures of Africa) that are deepening trade and economic development between Africa and the African Diaspora.  In less than two years, these companies created hundreds of jobs in Ghana, Uganda and have plans to expand to Madagascar and Gabon. A friend to African and African-descended women’s groups, Dr. Adams’ research and consulting work has informed her activism and advocacy. She is currently helping a group of women from Chicago raise funds to build an orphanage in Benin, at the urging of the Advisor to President Boni Yayi, and has recently returned from South Africa where she was a consultant on HIV/AIDS prevention in Kimberley.

Dr. Adams is currently CEO and President of DuSable Museum of African American History, one of the few independent institutions of its kind in the United States. DuSable Museum of African American History was created by Dr. Margaret Burroughs to preserve and interpret the experiences and achievements of people of African descent. Dr. Adams is also the founding Director of MAPS (Museums and Public Schools) and the Museum Consortium whose mission is for each major museum in Chicago to partner with public housing, in order to mainstream its youth into their activities.

Sources:
Photo:  Courtesy of Dr. Carol Adams
http://coalchicago.com/guest-speakers/carol-l-adams-phd-president-ceo-dusable-museum-of-african-american-history/  (Accessed 12/19/13)
http://africandiasporatoday.com/carol-adams-bio/  (Accessed 12/19/13)
http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/carol-l-adams-39  (Accessed 1/15/14)

Compiled by Beverly Moore

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