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Widow of JSchool’s first African American grad discusses new book

by Robert Stewart, Director

I just stumbled onto this terrific WOUB interview of Ada Woodson Adams, co-author of the recently released book, “A Significant Presence: A Pictorial Glimpse of the Black Experience in Athens County, Ohio.”

Adams, a graduate of Ohio University’s School of Education, was married to the late Alvin C. Adams (BSJ ’59), the first black graduate of the School of Journalism. In this Studio B interview, Adams talks about growing up in Southeast Ohio, her husband’s experience as a journalism student here in Athens as well as his early years as a journalist.

NOTE: The following information is from the website for Adams Hall, named in honor of Alvin Adams:

“In 1959, Adams became the first African-American graduate of the Ohio University School of Journalism. He went on to a career that included working for the nation’s first black daily newspaper, the Chicago Daily Defender, and covering Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and Malcolm X’s assassination for Jet magazine. An Athens County native, Adams and his wife, Ada, co-founded the Multicultural Genealogical Center in Chesterhill, Ohio. Alvin Adams died in 2004.”

Read more about Alvin Adams.

posted in: alumni
October 3, 2011

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