Penny Dickerson

I DID NOT win a $700 scratcher (damage control)

While minding my own business on social media this morning (an impossible activity), I happened upon my friend and sorority sister Kim Copeland’s post: “Just used my kid to get out of a speeding ticket.” Knowing that Kim is a warrior-mother whose daughter Madison is affected by autism, I clicked LIKE and then commented, “GOOD!”  […]

PLAGUED BY PROBE: Black mayors in peril

FEATURED PLAGUED BY PROBE Are their encounters with law enforcement part of a vicious cycle or by design? Penny Dickerson Miami Times Contributor Apr 17, 2019 Updated 1 hr ago   Patrick Cannon Charlotte, Richard Thompson Mount Vernon, Andrew Gillum Tallahassee, Catherine Pugh Baltimore, Ray Nagin New Orleans and Kwame Kilpatrick Detroit. Andrew Gillum, Patrick Cannon, Ray Nagin, Kwame Kilpatrick, Marion Barry, Richard Thomas and Catherine Pugh all […]

Reporter’s Next Assignment is in Senegal

REPORTER’S NEXT ASSIGNMENT IS IN SENEGAL April 7, 2019 FLORIDA COURIER’S PENNY DICKERSON WILL BE WRITING ABOARD THE AFRICA MERCY, A HOSPITAL SHIP. PHOTO BY DEB LOUDAN Mercy Ships volunteer nurse Meggin Tallman is shown with one of her patients in the maxillofacial ward aboard the Africa Mercy. PHOTO BY GREGORY MCKINNON Florida Courier writer Penny […]

“Dreamers Who Win” – Disney Dreamers Academy 2019

  DREAMERS WHO WIN March 31, 2019 BY PENNY DICKERSON  FLORIDA COURIER A SELECTED GROUP OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GOT A CHANCE TO BE ENERGIZED TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS DURING A WEEKEND SYMPOSIUM AT WALT DISNEY WORLD. LAKE BUENA VISTA – The genesis of their dreams are humble: a coal miner’s son from Welch, W. Va., who […]

Freelance Journalist

                 CONTACT:          pennydickersonwrites@gmail.com Penny Dickerson is an independent journalist with a passion for cool people, extraordinary places, and good sushi. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Lesley University […]

Address Africa: I’m moving to Senegal

THIS WAS ME In 2006, I was diagnosed with stage II  renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). As a result, I endured multiple surgeries (related/unrelated) and a whole lot of grief. My body owns a road map of scars: abdomen, flank, and spine to name a few. The largest healed and grew a grotesque keloid  which […]

New Lens on Aging

            ‘New Lens on Aging’ December 2, 2016 Filed under HEALTH, METRO Posted by FCEditor Scholars shine light on Blacks and aging during annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America BY PENNY DICKERSON SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Little Freddie King is a New Orleans Blues legend. He’s […]