Decades before Victorine Q. Adams was elected the first African-American woman on the Baltimore City Council--in 1967-- she was a teacher. Then she poured her energies into political education, setting up the “Colored Women’s Democratic Campaign Committee” and other grassroots organizing.
Morgan State archivist Ida E. Jones’ new book, Baltimore Civil Rights Leader Victorine Q. Adams: The Power of the Ballot, tells how Victorine and her husband, numbers runner “Little Willie” Adams, shared political goals. But Victorine insisted her own hard work convinced voters to give her power, like her push for job training.
Jones will be speaking, Thursday, May 23rd, at 6:30 pm, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library African American Department. Details here.