Adam Dickson, MPA

Center Supervisor, Langston Centre

Adam Dickson was raised in Washington County, Tennessee, graduating from David Crockett High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carson-Newman University and then his Masters of Public Administration from East Tennessee State University. Adam Dickson is a relationship manager and servant-leader with professional experiences in local government, community development, higher education and the nonprofit sector.

Adam currently works for Johnson City, Tennessee as Supervisor of the Langston Centre (Langston), a facility promoting multicultural awareness through community arts, education, and leadership. Langston sits on the site of the former Langston High School, Johnson City, TN’s segregated black high school from 1893-1965. Langston seeks to accomplish three objectives. First, the preservation of memories of the alumni of Langston High School that celebrates Johnson City’s African-American experience. Second, Langston creates artistic and educational programs to enables students to learn, have fun, and develop necessary life skills. Third, Langston serves as a “community hub” for innovative ideas that address serious social problems and promote community engagement.

Adam currently serves as Town Alderman of Jonesborough, Tennessee and has previously served as Chair of the Washington County Democratic Party. He was instrumental in organizing the community when the NAACP and other members of the black community asked the leaders of Johnson City to rename a street, or designate a memorial highway, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When city’s Planning Commission voted on a decision against the NAACP and the community’s wishes, Adam made sure a coalition of support was present at the city planning meeting and the city commission meeting. His leadership was pivotal in getting University Parkway in Johnson City designated as a memorial highway in honor of Dr. King.

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