(October 19, 1956 - living) U.S.A.
African American activist and psychologist
When she was born, the name on her birth certificate read Amorie Robinson. But she is best known by the name she has adopted for herself, Kofi Adoma, or Dr. Kofi as she is often affectionately called. A Detroit native, Adoma's activism began while she was still in high school.
While still attending Highland Park High School, Adoma protested with fellow students against the poor quality of education they were receiving. But if the school's shortcomings affected Adoma, she did not let them stop her. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Oberlin College and went on to earn a master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Michigan.
She came out to herself in the LGBT community in 1979. Soon after, she helped create the Detroit Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays which later transformed into the James Baldwin/Pat Parker Society.
Adoma is responsible for helping to found some of the oldest and most enduring African-American LGBT organizations in Detroit. The list includes Full Truth Fellowship of Christ Church, Family, A.LORDE Collective, Ujamaa Investment Club, Race Matters, Karibu House, and the Ruth Ellis Center.
Between creating and nurturing critical community organizations, Adoma continued to study. In 1996, she graduated from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. Currently, she does outpatient therapy at Counseling Associates in Farmington. She also does psychological testing in schools, juvenile detention facilities, and prisons across the state.
In addition, she is also an instructor at UofM, teaching women's studies and psychology classes including Introduction to LGBT Studies and Intersection of Race and Attractional Orientation. Recently, she submitted an article called "Misunderstood, Misled and Misfit: The Marginalization Experiences of African-American Lesbian Youth" to the American Psychological Association's journal anthology on the psychology of women of color. The article is based on a presentation she made at the 2005 Association for Women in Psychology Conference.