Penny Dickerson

Bon Voyage to Brunch: Mercy Ships On Boarding

The trajectory of my personal life has taken a quatum leap in the past four-days. I’ve departed Tallahassee, Florida; arrived in Jacksonville and enjoyed a splendid gathering with family and friends that served as a celebratory       bon voyage; boarded two jets to Texas; moved into a wooded and welcoming lodge; worshipped with the […]

African-American Experts Broaden Diversity – Association of Health Care Journalists Conference 2019

  African-American Experts Shine at 2019 Health Care Journalists Conference Notable experts from varied medical extensions of Johns Hopkins University serve as speakers and panelists on cancer, racial disparities, equity at the Association of Health Care Journalists Conference in Baltimore. As an Ethnic Media Fellow in attendance, I am grateful for being selected and learned […]

Disney Dreamers: Movers, Shakers, Dreamers

(Bonus Florida Courier event coverage) MOVERS, SHAKERS, DREAMERS April 13, 2019 THESE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE REPRESENTING THEIR GENERATION AT ITS BEST. PHOTOS COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY WORLD  The Disney Dreamers Academy class of 2019 includes 12 Florida high school students selected among 100 nationwide. The program was held March 21-24 at Walt Disney World […]

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 […]

Things Mom Would Want to Know: Mercy Ships On Boarding

My Dearest Mom, My Mercy Ships On Boarding experience is going tremendously well. We actually don’t begin official On Boarding until tomorrow morning, but thus far, there isn’t an isolated item that defers my expectation(s). I am content, but wanted to take a moment to share with you salient points about my journey. You would […]

Cancer, SisterHermana,Veronica Glover

  So, everyone who knows me, knows I survived cancer. It’s not a neon sign on my sleeve, but it’s an integral theme in my life’s narrative, and it is also a shared occurrence by many I know. I almost typed, “shared dilemma,” but cancer is not a dilemma. Cancer is definitely an unwelcome journey and […]

Soul Food: cultural lifestyle or disease trap?

 Florida Courier/New America Media , News Feature, Penny Dickerson, Posted: Feb 21, 2017 Photo: Olean McCaskill in her celebrated soul-food eatery, Olean’s.TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–The roots of soul food run deep within the annals of African American living. The South reigns as king of soul food cuisine. Its origins can be traced back to slavery when plantation […]