African American History in a Global Context with Dr. Carol Adams


Dr. Carol Adams, President and CEO, DuSable Museum of African American History on African American History in a Global Context

In honor of Black History Month, the Niagara Foundation is pleased to announce a forum with DuSable Museum President and CEO, Carol L. Adams.Dr. Adams will be speaking about African American History in a global context. Starting with the Berlin Conference and the division of Africa among the colonial powers, Dr. Adams believes you are able to have a fuller understanding of African and African American History if you have the international history.

She will be summarizing the importance of this history through the civil rights movement and the Afro-Colonial movement also happening in Africa at that time. She will discuss the spread of African people throughout the world as a global people.

Dr. Adams graduated with a B.A. in sociology from Fisk University in 1965. The following year she earned her M.A. degree in sociology from Boston University. She pursued doctoral coursework at the University of Chicago before leaving to complete her Ph.D. degree in sociology from the Union Graduate School. She has also studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and at Yale University.

In 1968, Adams began her career as the research director for the Center for Inner City Studies (CICS) at Northeastern Illinois University. Over a ten-year period, she became a tenured associate professor. She developed a number of successful programs and key community partnerships for CICS during its early years. Adams went on to spend several years as the first director of research and planning for the Neighborhood Institute, a division of South Shore Bank (later the Shorebank Institute). In just two years, Adams managed to establish several programs designed to promote community development, revitalization and self-sufficiency.

In 1981, Adams returned to academia as the director for Loyola University’s African-American studies program, a position she held until 1988. She then served as dean of adult and continuing education at Kennedy-King College in Chicago for a year. From 1989 to 1996, Adams worked for the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). While at the CHA, Adams went from directing one department to managing thirteen departments and a $500 million budget. Adams subsequently served as the director for the International House of Blues Foundation and the founding director of Chicago’s Museums and Public Schools program before returning in 2000 to Northeastern University as Executive Director of CICS. Under her direction, the Center experienced a new surge of growth in student enrollment, technological advancement, and community programming and collaborations.

In January 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich named Adams secretary of the Department of Human Services, the state’s largest government agency. During her six year tenure, the agency secured almost $250 million in new grant funding and dramatically reduced the infant mortality rate of infants born to Medicaid-eligible women. Since 2009, Adams has been the president and chief executive officer of the DuSable Museum of African American History. Adams has been the recipient of numerous research awards, grants and honors, including the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa key. (Biography courtesy of the History Makers)

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February 27th, 2014

Lunch will be served between 11:30am – 12:00pm
Forum begins at 12:00pm

DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637

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