Friday Fellow of the Month: Adam Beyah
Friday, March 2, 2018
Adam K. Beyah, religious leader, community activist and entrepreneur, currently resides in Fayetteville, NC. Beyah was born in High Point, NC on June 1, 1951. At an early age (11 years old), he became involved in the Civil Rights Movement by participating in the Freedom Marches in the downtown of that city. In 1965, his family moved to Atlanta, GA where he lived about one block from Ebenezer Baptist Church and the S.C.L.C. office. He remembers many times walking by the S.C.L.C. office and seeing Dr. M. L. King, Jr. standing outside greeting the youths. These events are ingrained on his mind and probably helped to nurture his desire to work for the upliftment of African-Americans.
Adam Beyah received his B.A. in Accounting from Winston-Salem State University in 1977. Upon graduation, he accepted a position at the New York office of Price-Waterhouse where he achieved the rank of Senior Tax Accountant. While there he had the opportunity to work on foreign assignments in such places as Paris, Libya and Saudi Arabia and in addition to this, has visited seventeen (17) other countries. He relocated to Fayetteville in 1984 to accept the position of Controller with Shaw Foods Services Inc., a position he held until September of 1987. In 1987 he started and currently owns Beyah's Accounting & Tax Service which specializes in small business accounting and individualized tax planning.
From 1990 to 2000, Adam served as the resident Imam of Masjid Omar Ibn Sayyid in Fayetteville, NC. He oversaw the construction of the current Masjid Building which sits on 4 acres of land.
Adam currently hosts radio shows on WIDU Radio, 1600 am, www.widuradio.com every Monday at 10:00 am and AM360/BlogTalk Radio on Thursdays a 8:00am. He also speaks many times during the year at colleges, at public schools in Cumberland and surrounding counties, and at churches. In August of 1995 he made an oral presentation at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh on Islam in America from an historical perspective. Beyah also gave remarks and Benediction at a Symposium on Omar Ibn Sayyid held at the Hawthorne Library on the campus of Harvard University in May of 1998. In June of 1998, he had the pleasure of being part of a delegation of forty (40) persons from the U.S. accompanying Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the late Muslim American leader, to Rome, Italy to attend the Congress of the Muslim Friends of the Focolare Movement. They were guests of the late Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare Movement, a worldwide Catholic movement which views the cooperation of all believers in G-d, regardless of faith, as a most important factor in bringing about worldwide solidarity and peace.
Beyah is very active in community service organizations and holds or has held the following positions: Board Vice-Chair of Democracy North Carolina; Board member of Alpha Academy (Fayetteville based Charter School); past member and Treasurer, Fayetteville Urban Ministry; past member, Faith Dialogue Team (Interfaith group) sponsored by the Fayetteville/Cumberland Human Relations Commission; past member, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce's Business Ecumenical Partnership; past member, Fayetteville United, a group appointed by Fayetteville City Manager to address the healthy development of race relations; past member, City of Fayetteville Human Relations Commission; past member and Chairman, City of Fayetteville Airport Commission; former Executive Director, Cumberland Regional Improvement Corporation; former Board member, Cape Fear Regional Bureau for Community Action, Inc.
In the Fall of 2017, Adam was selected a member if the 2017-2019 class of The William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, the flagship program of Wildacres Leadership Initiative (WLI). The William C. Friday Fellowship is a competitive North Carolina wide program for cross-sector leaders.
Adam draws his strength and motivation from his deep belief in G-d and his desire to work towards improving the relations between all segments of society. He is joined in this effort by his wife, Binah Mohammed Beyah. They are both members of Masjid Omar Ibn Sayyid, in Fayetteville.
Each month a new Friday Fellow from the 2017-2019 class is featured. This is the sixth feature in the series. Find previous monthly features in our news archives here.