Alma Adams

Born:May 27, 1946 (age 78)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 2014-present
North Carolina General Assembly, 1994-2014
Greensboro City Council, 1987-1994
State:North Carolina
Education:B.S. and M.S., North Carolina A&T University

Alma Adams assumed office in the U.S. House of Representatives for North Carolina's 12 District on November 12, 2014, after winning a special election. She won election to a full two-year term at the same time.

Adams was born on May 27, 1946, in High Point, North Carolina. She received her B.S. degree in 1968 and her M.S. degree in 1972, both from North Carolina A&T University and both in art education. She received her Ph.D. in art education/multicultural education from Ohio State University in 1981.

Adams was a member of the Greensboro City School Board from 1984-1986, the first African American woman on that board. She was a Greensboro City Council member from 1987-1994, when she was appointed to the North Carolina House District 26 seat to replace an assemblyman who died in office. In 2002, after redistricting, Adams' seat was changed from the 26th district to the 58th district.

Adams was a professor of art at Bennett College (Greensboro, North Carolina) from 1972-2012 and director of the Steel Hall Art Gallery. In 1990, she co-founded the African American Atelier, an organization established to advance awareness and appreciation for visual arts and cultures of African Americans.

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