Iowa City Human Rights Commissioner Adil Adams passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Adams was serving his sixth year on the Human Rights Commission.

Born and raised in Sudan, Adams was an agent of change in the Sudanese community and known for always putting others before himself. Adams earned a law degree while in Khartoum, Sudan; as well as an MBA from Mount Mercy University. Adams was passionate about helping others - as evidenced by his involvement on both the Human Rights Commission and within the Sudanese community.

Through his mentorship and advocacy, Adams gave the Sudanese community a voice - not just in Iowa City, but across the nation. For example, Adams was a critical member during the Obama campaign in Iowa as he advised them on how to engage with Iowa City's large Sudanese population. 

Outside of his work on the Human Rights Commission, Adams spent time spearheading the Sudanese community's involvement with Iowa City's taxi businesses. 

On Dec. 14, 2021, the Human Rights Commission presented a plaque to Adams' family recognizing his nearly six years of service to the commission and the community.

Date of publication

Wednesday, December 15, 2021