Passing of Audrey Adams – Board Member, Operation Black Vote (OBV)

March 13, 2024
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Operation Black Vote (OBV) is deeply saddened to announce the untimely passing yesterday, of our esteemed Board Member and friend, Audrey Adams. Audrey passed away yesterday – 3rd February.

Despite facing significant health challenges, particularly in recent months, Audrey's resilience and spirit remained unyielded. Her departure leaves a profound void within our organisation and hearts. Her legacy is not merely defined by her remarkable contributions to Operation Black Vote but equally by her tireless advocacy for racial equality, social justice, and human rights. Her dignified presence, characterised by calm authority and unwavering determination, inspired all who had the privilege to collaborate with her. Audrey's impact transcended the confines of our organisation, touching the lives of countless individuals and communities across the globe.

The tragic loss of her son Rolan in 1991, a victim of a heinous racist murder, spurred Audrey and her resolute husband, Richard, into activism. Together, they became pillars of strength, not just within their family but across the broader movement against racism. Their fight for justice for Rolan and their ongoing work with various anti-racist organisations underscored their commitment to challenging injustice at every turn.

As we mourn Audrey's passing, we extend our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to Richard, their children, wider family and all who stood by Audrey during her courageous battle with illness. Their unwavering support was a source of strength and comfort to Audrey, embodying the essence of familial love and solidarity.

The significance of Audrey's work and the void left by her loss cannot be overstated. At the right time, we will further elaborate on her monumental contributions and ensure that her legacy is celebrated both here and abroad. Indeed, Reverend Al Sharpton, a close friend and ally in the fight for justice for Rolan, gave a moving personal, face to face tribute at an OBV meeting held in London last year which highlighted the enduring impact of Audrey’s contribution work and inspiration. In honour of Audrey, we pledge to uphold her legacy and continue the work she so passionately championed.

Audrey, your spirit and determination has left an indelible mark on our hearts and our mission; and your memory will serve as a beacon of hope and resilience for all of us committed to the cause of justice and equality. You will be dearly missed but never ever forgotten.

Rest in beautiful peace, Audrey.

David Weaver (Chair) on behalf of the Board and all Staff at Operation Black Vote