Alma Adams

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Alma Adams

Alma Adams is a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina.


Alma Adams’s introduction to politics was on the Greensboro City School Board, where she became the first African-American woman elected to that body and a strong advocate for educational opportunities for everyone in her community. After serving on the Greensboro City School Board, she was elected to the Greensboro City Council where she led efforts for affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization programs. Adams served on the Greensboro City Council until she was appointed to the General Assembly in 1994 by Governor James B. Hunt.

Adams’s service in the North Carolina House of Representatives has been distinguished by her efforts to improve the lives of women, children and families. She has sponsored and supported legislation to strengthen domestic violence laws; worked to improve adolescent pregnancy programs; and supported legislation for quality, affordable health care for seniors and children.

As a former chair of the North Carolina Women’s Legislative Caucus, she has helped to introduce numerous bills to strengthen laws to protect children, women and families and has been a key and vocal supporter of women’s health and reproductive rights.

As an educator and artist, Adams has been a strong supporter of North Carolina’s colleges, universities and schools and she has been a strong advocate for the arts and culture.

Alma Adams has always believed that a quality education is the path to the middle class. She has fought tirelessly to improve our public schools and protect women’s rights from the extremists in the legislature. Alma also led the effort to increase the minimum wage in North Carolina, earning her statewide recognition as a champion for the middle class.

Alma Adams received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Art Education from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and took her Ph.D. in Art Education and Multicultural Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Alma is an active member of New Zion Baptist Church in Greensboro and has been a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority since 1978. [1]

Working with Barber

Dr. Alma Adams, chair of the N.C. Black Legislative Caucus, and the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the NC NAACP have announced that the N.C. NAACP has intervened against a mysterious lawsuit that tries to disenfranchise Black voters. They released information about the nature of the lawsuit, and the federal court’s approval of the NAACP’s Intervention at a press conference on Jan. 15, 2008.

The memorandum on the motion to intervene, was written by Anita Earl of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

Below are excerpts from a letter Rev. Barber wrote to Rep. Adams outlining the problem:

Hon. Alma Adams, Chair of North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus
Re: The N.C. NAACP has Intervened as a Party Against the Latest Racist Legal Attack on the Voting and Human Rights of North Carolina Voters
I hope you can forward a copy of this letter to other members of the Legislative Black Caucus, and to other legislators who have supported our HK on J People’s Agenda and our efforts to dismantle racism in North Carolina.[2][

Voter registration rally

Part of the crowd on West Jones Street April 13, 2011, in Raleigh protesting at the General Assembly the Republican majority's plan to suppress votes through a new voter photo ID law.

Speakers included two college students who talked about the disproportionate impact on young voters whose existing photo IDs will probably not have their college addresses. Senior citizens who've given up their driving privileges and who do not have birth certificates spoke, along with a representative of the American Assoc. of Retired Persons. A homeless veteran spoke against the law, along with representatives of North Carolina Fair Share. Chris Kromm of the Institute for Southern Studies spoke as did several members of the General Assembly. Rep. Alma Adams asked rhetorically, "If you look like me, do you need a voter ID? Hell no!"

Rep. Larry Hall, one of the leaders of the opposition in the General Assembly, summed up the conclusion of many of the speakers ... that the supposed "need" for this proposed law only emerged after the Republicans took control of the General Assembly. "They want us to be stuck with them forever," Rep. Hall said, and the way to do that is to suppress the votes of groups not naturally aligned with the extreme conservative views of those now running the General Assembly.

Rev. William J. Barber II of the NC NAACP thundered for all of us: "Tell it like it is! This is a voter-suppression, voter-intimidation law. But we won't go back! Too many have cried, too many have died for the right to vote!"[3]

Supported Progressive Health Care Reform

In late 2009, Alma Adams was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,[4]

"Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."

PDA Election Integrity Call

Progressive Democrats of America convened a "voter suppression" conference call Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013, with State Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), District 58.

Rep. Adams will be speaking about voter suppression issues and Moral Mondays
Alma S. Adams has served as the Democratic State Representative for North Carolina House District 58 since 1994. She is chairperson of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, and is currently making a run for the United States Congress. She has been a strong fighter in the battle against the voter suppression laws in North Carolina, and a vocal supporter of the people and the concerns raised through the Moral Mondays demonstrations in her state.[5]

ARA PAF endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Alma Adams in 2014.[6]

Wage protest

March 2014, about two dozen people gathered near Friendly Center March 2014, to call for a higher minimum wage from the country’s fast-food giants.


“It is cold out here today, but that is not going to stop us,” said Carolyn Smith, the state director for Working America, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

“Everyday millions of American workers go to full-time jobs but struggle to support their families. Workers are no longer wanting to be silent. We are standing up, we are speaking up and we are calling on McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants to raise wages and allow workers to organize.”

The group, clad in jackets, hats and gloves, was assembled outside the McDonald’s at the intersection of Green Valley Road and Northline Avenue.

Those in attendance included local civil rights activist Nelson Johnson, state Rep. Alma Adams and several local fast-food workers who said they have had to work off the clock.

“Many, if not most of these workers, are making $7.25 an hour (the federal minimum wage) and that is not enough money to live on,” Johnson said.

Tyre Shoffner, who works at a McDonald’s on West Market Street, said he is often asked to check the trash cans and bathrooms before clocking in.

Brittany Chavis, who works at a local Burger King, described herself as a “victim of wage theft.”[7]

AFL-CIO panel on trade

December 1, 2014, the AFL-CIO convened a panel about Pending Trade Deals as Free Trade “Charm Offensive” Comes to Charlotte

Panelists will highlight for public and press what pro-traders want to hide, Dec. 1 at 6:30 PM
The panel of policy makers, policy experts, business leaders, and workers will discuss whether trade deals lead to job creation and greater prosperity for our country or the devastation of our manufacturing sector, more offshoring of service-sector jobs and a growing trade deficit that leaves us more in debt to the rest of the world.

Who: Congresswoman Alma Adams; Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO trade policy expert; MaryBe McMillan, Secretary-Treasurer of the NC State AFL-CIO; Chris Kromm, Executive Director of the Institute for Southern Studies; Tony Hawkins with UAW Local 5285; Ed Kaleda with CWA 3603; Rick Malliris, retired CEO of KB Alloys (now known as AMG Aluminum).

Contacts: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director, DeLane Adams, AFL-CIO Field Communications.[8]

Greensboro commemoration

On May 24, 2015, the City of Greensboro officially unveiled a historical marker acknowledging the 1979 events, at a ceremony attended by more than 300 people. It reads: "Greensboro Massacre – Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazi Party members, on Nov. 3, 1979, shot and killed five Communist Workers Party members one-tenth mile north." The city council had voted to approve the proposed state highway marker. Speakers at the ceremony included Guilford County Commissioner Ray Trapp, former Greensboro Mayor Yvonne Johnson, State Rep. Ralph Johnson, State Senator Gladys Robinson, and U.S. Rep. Alma Adams. [9]

Congressional Black Caucus

In January 2015 Alma Adams was listed as a new member of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 114th Congress:[10]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

In March 2015, Alma Adams was listed as a new member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[11]

Rixon connection


Kristoffer Rixon April 6 near Charlotte, NC ·

It was great getting to hear Congresswoman Alma Adams, PhD speak at the 2018 YDNC Convention Kickoff! Thank you for your work in Washington!

Medicare for All Act

In February 2019 Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019. By May 29 she had 110 co-sponsors including Rep. Alma Adams.