Adams, Alger Leroy, 1910-1992
- Existence: 1910 - 1992
Reverend Alger Leroy Adams (1910-1992) of Omaha, Nebraska, became the first Black student to receive a degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, in 1932. Adams later studied at the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan, helping build churches in New York between 1947 and 1955. In 1950, he and his wife Jessie M. Wells Adams purchased The Westchester County Press, a weekly paper, seeking to give the Black community a cohesive voice; in 1962, the couple developed The Creative Printery, specializing in the publication of high school and college newspapers.