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Frankie Adams (1902-1979)
Frankie Adams was a social work instructor at Atlanta University School of Social Work. She received her master's degree in social work from New York University School of Social Work. After working at the YWCA in Chicago, she moved to Atlanta and was affiliated with the Atlanta University School, where she remained until her retirement as Associate Dean.
A pioneer in social work education, she developed the two year sequence in community organization method of practice with Whitney Young, Jr. Throughout her life, Adams maintained devotion to the education and motivation of young people, quietly providing financial assistance and counseling, room and board, and other monetary gifts to students to help them complete their studies.