African American History Forum
Florence Victoria Adams
Florence “Frankie” Victoria Adams (b. 1902 d. 1979) was a social worker, educator, author, and community activist. For most of her career, she was associated with the Atlanta School of Social Work (later the Atlanta University School of Social Work), the first school for African Americans to be accredited by the American Association of Schools of Social Work. At the request of Director Forrester B. Washington, Adams joined the faculty in 1931. She developed courses and trained students in the newly emerging disciplines of community organization and group work. As a member of the Committee on Group Work of the American Association of Social Work, she helped influence the curriculum and content of group work nationally. During her 33 years with the School she taught some 2,500 students, served as Acting Dean for two interim periods, and culminated her tenure as Associate Dean. In recognition of her contributions, the Atlanta University School of Social Work Alumni Association honored Adams in 1965 with a testimonial dinner held during the National Conference on Social Welfare annual meeting. In 1968 the University presented her with an award for outstanding service.