Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of June 16:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Mahala Ashley Dickerson
In ADDITION to being the FIRST Black President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), Mahala Ashley Dickerson ALSO:
- Grew up on a plantation her father inherited
- Was the FIRST Black female attorney admitted to the Alabama bar
- Was the FIRST Black attorney admitted to the Alaska bar
- Graduated Cum Laude from Fisk University(1935), and Howard University Law School, Cum Laude (1948)
- Owned a law practice, M. Ashley Dickerson, Inc.
Extra tidbits: Dickerson was also the FIRST Black homesteader in Alaska’s Mat-Su region. Mahala gave birth to three sons – triplets – one of whom went on to hold the titles of Mr. America, Mr. Universe, and Mr. Olympia. In 1995, Dickerson received the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the legal profession. She died in 2007 at age 94.