ADAMS' MODEL
THE ROAR FOUNDATION, INC.
CIVIL RIGHTS WORKSHOP
MARCH 12, 2005



FANNIE LOU HAMER MULTI-PURPOSE
FACILITY BUILDING
RULEVILLE, MISSISSIPPI


ADAMS' 5-STEPS PROCESS MODEL



The Legendary Mrs. Victoria Gray Adams begun the workshop by
introducing herself:
"I am....." and insisted each participant do the
same as opposed to "my name is". Professor Mahmoud El-Kati (St.
Paul, MN) and Dr. Paul Richards (Oakland, CA) looks on with others.



















Participants came from Missouri, Minnesota, Virginia, California,
Washington, D. C. and Cleveland, Indianola, Parchman, Mound Bayou,
Ruleville and Myersville, Mississippi.  A special thanks to Civil Rights
Veterans and Legends
Mrs. Victoria Gray Adams, Mrs. Unita
Blackwell
and Mr. Lawrence Guyot.











VICTORIA GRAY ADAMS’ 5-STEPS PROCESS MODEL
MRS. VICTORIA GRAY ADAMS/FACILITATOR
I.  VISION

a)  Highlight The Segregationist
b)  Training Component Built in the Center’s Work
c)  Access/Process to/of Oral Histories of Relevant People
(Recording of History)
d)  Health Center w/Emphasis on Preservation/Treatment of
Environment
e)  Media Center which includes a Library w/Artifacts
f)  Learning Center that teaches Authentic History
g)  Center for Hosting Movement Communities to Share What’s
Happening & Working for them in Areas of Racism,
Reconciliation, Economic Development, etc.
h)  A Pictorial/Written Depiction of Then & Now  
(Ruleville/Cleveland, MS area and beyond)
i)  Talking Exhibit of People/Veterans of Movement
j)  Assure the Involvement of Youth with Relevant Approaches
k)  Ideology Should Be Clearly Conceived in the
Decor/Contents of Exhibits
l)  Strong Universal Arts Component that Embraces & Projects
the Power of the Arts in the Liberation Journey
m)  Reception Center that Focuses on Youth Leadership &
Involvement
n)  Statues of Amzie Moore & Fannie Lou Hamer at Entrance of
Museum and Landscaping Leading to Site that’s Seasonally
Relevant
o)  A Visual/Written Presence of the Entire Movement
Community in own words
p)  Souvenir Shop that Markets Movement Relevant Products &
Prepare a Dish from Hamer’s Cook Book on Site Weekly
q)  A Mural of Adams, Hamer & Devine (Highly Visible) in
Prominent Place within the Structure
r)  Use Solar Panels


II.  
CONTRADICTIONS

a)  Lack of Strong, Committed Core Group
b)  Lack of Money
c)  Lack of Political Organizing within the Community
d)  Possible Lack of Space to Build Facility
e)  Tunnel Vision vs. Community Vision
f)  Lack of Effective Communications System
g)  Poor Planning in the use of Time for Effective Interviewing
i)  Continuing Community Disintegration
j)  Lack of Belief in the Ease of Finding the Money/Resources
Needed
k)  Lack of Authentic/Correct Information Relevant to the Project


III.  
PROPOSALS

a)  Focusing on Full Participation of Youth Community in
Community Life
b)  Encourage Genuine/Sincere Commitment of all Involved and
Create an Atmosphere in which it can/will happen
c)  Concentrate on Uniting the Quest for Equality with the Need
for Developing & Creating A Sustainable Planet
d)  Increase Our Outreach into a Larger Community
e)  Form Coalition between MS State, National Museums,
National Arts & Parks
f)  Shared & Broad Leadership in Implementation of the Vision
g)  Giving National Notice of this Gathering & Invite
Participation of all Who can affirm Our Goal
h)  Form Linkages within those Institutions with which We Feel
Kinship
i)  Take Advantage of & Learn from those Museums Who Have
Successfully come into Being
j)  Framing Our Vision so that the Marginalized May Have (Be
Employed) Meaningful Participation in all Aspects of the Efforts
k)  Prioritize Our Proposals & Act As Indicated


IV  
TACTICS

a)  Hire Grant Writers
b)  Create A Web page for Youth by Youth
c)  Appoint a Small Group to Access the Youth Community  
(class officers, etc.)
d)  Publish Our Intentions (newsletter) Share w/Youth, National
Parks, Arts, etc.
e)  Bring on a Developer on the Front End
f)  Plan Follow Up Meetings
g)  Visit Existing Museum:  Questions, Observe, Evaluate
h)  Create an Organic Community Garden
i)  Intentionally Target Community Groups (Church, Greek,
Blues Communities)


V  
TIME LINE

a)  2008
b)  2009
c)  2007
Mother Victoria Gray Adams listens as 15 years old Laureen
Edgerton-Webster gives her response to a question.  Sitting center,
far end of table is Minneapolis Civil Rights Activist Spike Moss.
The Honorable Unita Blackwell, Ruleville Alderwoman Hattie Jordan, Dr. Paul
Richards, Mr. & Mrs. Klopfer, Mr. & Mrs. Spike Moss and Kelley Hardemin take
notes as the Legendary Victoria Gray Adams explains necessary procedures
for  how this process could be modified to custom fit any group or organization.
                                       March 2005
Mrs. Victoria Gray Adams facilitated ROAR'S  Workshop at the
Fannie Lou Hamer Facility Building  Ruleville, MS        March 2005

She was a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic
Party (MFDP) along with Fannie Lou Hamer and Annie Devine
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Fannie Lou Hamer Victoria Gray Adams Annie Devine
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