Rev. Richard T. Adams was a dedicated and loyal life and Samuel L. Banks Branch (Baltimore, MD) member of ASALH. He served many years on the Executive Council and was a former Vice President for Membership. Rev. Adams supported ASALH using all of his resources and worked to ensure that ASALH would successfully continue the mission of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. He was a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and was a revered alumni of Morgan State University. His loving spirit and bright smile will be sorely missed. Rev. Adams passed on Saturday, July 13. The arrangements for the home going service will be posted as soon as they are available.
Funeral Arrangements for Rev. Dr. Richard T. Adams
Family Hour at March Life Tribute Center
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
5616 Old Court Road
Family Hour 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Providence Baptist Church
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue
Baltimore MD 21217
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Wake 10:00 a.m. – Funeral 10:30 a.m.
RESOLUTION OF RESPECT FOR REV. RICHARD T. ADAMS, JR.
Whereas God, our loving Father, in the light of His wisdom, and in the magnitude of his power, has removed from our profession and from our Chain of Friendship, a shining link in the name of our dearest Rev. Richard T. Adams, Jr, and added it to the Friendship Chain of His Kingdom, and
Whereas, Rev. Richard T. Adams, Jr., a man of great faith, continued the legacy of the Father of Black History, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, as a co-laborer with the many faithful servants of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) who he served alongside such as Dr. Charles Wesley (his fraternity brother and co-laborer in the faith), Dr. Edna McKenzie, Dr. Edgar Toppin, Sr., Dr. Roland McConnell, Dr. Benjamin Quarles, Dr. Adelaide Cromwell, Dr. John Hope Franklin, and many others too numerous to name, to include those he served alongside and those he mentored who still remain to continue the Woodson legacy, and
Whereas, Rev. Richard T. Adams, Jr., provided steadfast support and mentorship to all young historians who work with ASALH, and
Whereas, Rev. Richard T. Adams, Jr.’s belief that all things are possible brought many stellar speakers and entertainment to ASALH’s list of Black History Month Luncheon Speakers and also to the ASALH Annual Meeting Gala events such as Alex Haley (a longtime friend) and Earl Graves of Black Enterprise (a classmate), and others too numerous to name, and
Whereas, Rev. Richard T. Adams, Jr. was a dedicated and loyal Sustaining Life Member of ASALH, adding his faithful membership to the Samuel L. Banks Branch (Baltimore, MD) of ASALH, while also serving for many years on the ASALH Executive Council as its faithful prayer warrior, and as Co-Chair for many years of the ASALH Annual Black History Month Luncheon Committee, and
Whereas, Rev. Richard T. Adams, Jr. was elected and served as Vice President for Membership of ASALH for several years coining the motto “don’t leave home without a membership form,” while helping to increase not only individual memberships but branch memberships as well as he served to encourage a group of Baltimoreans to form the Roland C. McConnell Branch of ASALH upon the passing of his dear friend and colleague, Dr. Roland C. McConnell, and,
Whereas, Rev. Richard T. Adams, Jr., was a staunch supporter of ASALH’s partner, the Kiamsha Youth Empowerment Organization, providing full financial support for ASALH’s first poetry slam hosted by the youth of Kiamsha where Rev. Adams often participated using his exhilarating poetic talents and his extensive memory that spell bounded audiences at every generational level, and
Whereas, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and people throughout this nation have sustained a great loss in the home going of Rev. Richard T. Adams, Jr., though we know the prayers he has prayed for ASALH and for the Legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and ASALH will continue to help sustain this great legacy, therefore be it
Resolved, that the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), express its sincere sympathy to the family of Rev. Richard T. Adams, Jr., that we place a copy of this resolution in the permanent archives of ASALH, and that we also send a copy of this resolution to the members of Rev. Richard T. Adams, Jr. family in order to show to his loved ones the high esteem in which we hold his life and his memory.
“We today, stand on the shoulders of our predecessors who have gone before us. We, as their successors, must catch the torch of freedom and liberty passed on to us by our ancestors. We cannot lose in this battle.” Benjamin E. Mays, “I Knew Carter G. Woodson.” Negro History Bulletin, March 1981, p. 21.
The Officers & Members of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, President
July 31, 2019