Penny Dickerson

Penny-fly: growth beyond measure

Somewhere on this planet there is a baby photo of me that is exemplary of what my adult persona would one day become. It is dated and worn, yellowed from days in too many traveling suns, and each corner is peeled upward to form tiny flags comparative of red flags in life I should have […]

Mercy Ships: Behold! The African Market.

Today I set foot upon African soil for the first time since our Wednesday arrival. SENEGAL, from the port where Mercy Ships is docked, suffers tremendous aesthetic appeal. To exit the port, I trekked through an asphalt jungle and concrete conclave of urban blight that sent two messages: you are definitely not in Kansas anymore, […]

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 […]

On Boarding Final Project: “Transformative Themes”

GET READY TO GROW UP IN GOD PENNY! My small group leader, Karen Ransone added momentum with her July 2, 2019 entry in my journal. She prayed for God to give her scriptures for me and they are: Change:  “See, I am doing a new thing.” Isaiah 43:19 Transform: “Do not conform any longer to […]

Orlando Signature Magazine: Thornton Park

Quaint downtown Orlando neighborhood Thornton Park offers walking, shopping, dining pleasures By Penny Dickerson Thornton Park is one of downtown Orlando’s quintessential historic neighborhoods and currently reigns as the epicenter for all things hip. The upscale district, tucked east of Lake Eola Heights and centered on Lake Lawsona along Thornton Avenue, defies suburban clichés. This […]

(Cover Story) Andrew Gillum: Profile of a Trailblazer

ONYX Magazine celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans and those of the African diaspora. http://onyxmagazine.com/andrew-gillum-profile-of-a-trailblazer/ Andrew Gillum is a winner. He proved his leadership savvy prior to launching a remarkable campaign to become the state of Florida’s next governor and the first democrat in two decades. In a razor-thin race towards victory, Gillum fell […]

American Bar Association combats Poverty

Plagued by poverty  Penny Dickerson Special to The Miami Times | 10/14/2015, 2 p.m. http://miamitimesonline.com/news/2015/oct/14/plagued-poverty/  A Miami youth whose life had been paralyzed by poverty and the criminal justice system spoke openly regarding her plight: while stealing food to feed both herself and a 2-year-old sibling, she was charged and arrested for theft. With no […]