“If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means, keep moving,” –Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
There will be an annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. program held in Duck Hill at 10 a.m on Monday, Jan. 20. Participants will march from Duck Hill City Hall to Binford Chapel United Methodist Church where the program will begin at 11 a.m.
The speaker for the event will be Gloria Carter Dickerson of Drew. Dickerson is the founder and CEO of We2gether Creating Change, a not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to be a change agent in the transformation of the Mississippi Delta from a perceived place of poverty, low skills, and despair to a place of prosperity, abundant skills, and hope. The organization exists to be a catalyst in transforming poor communities in the Delta to a culture of positive possibilities and a place where there are many opportunities for children and families to live meaningful, good and successful lives. The organization began its work in September, 2009.
Previously she worked for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. She was hired as the Controller for the Foundation and was later named the Program Director to coordinate the Mid-South Delta Initiative, an economic and community development initiative. She retired from that position in, August, 2009. Prior to her work at Kellogg, Dickerson was Vice President of Financial Operations for MINACT, INC. in Jackson.
Dickerson was elected to the Sunflower County Board of Supervisor in November, 2015.
She was born and raised in Drew in Sunflower County. In 1965 her family, parents Mae Bertha and Matthew Carter, along with her seven siblings, were the first black citizens of Sunflower County to sign their school district's "freedom of choice" papers to attend the white schools in Drew, Mississippi. Her family's struggle for equality in educational opportunity was captured in the books, Silver Rights by Constance Curry, a children’s book The School Is Not White by Doreen Rappaport, and a documentary, Intolerable Burden, also produced by Constance Curry.
Dickerson opened the Mae Bertha Carter Learning Center in September, 2017 where she directs youth and adult programs including workshops on life skills, health, African American history, education, healthy relationships and career readiness.
Dickerson received her bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Mississippi and her MBA from Millsap’s College in Jackson. She is a former Certified Public Accountant.
Dickerson is married to Donald Dickerson and has one son, Deidrick.