Who was Mahala Ashley Dickerson?

Mahala Ashley Dickerson was a trailblazer for justice who fought for marginalized people her whole life. A childhood classmate of Rosa Parks, in the 1940s and 1950s she became the first African American female attorney in Alabama, then the second Black woman to practice law in Indiana, and then the first Black attorney in Alaska—where she played a crucial role in the development of the Alaskan Friends community.

In this week’s video, some of those close to Mahala look back at her legacy—and remind us of the work yet to be done in confronting White cultural supremacy and its enduring harm. “I feel like that is something that she would really, she would smile upon,” says Taylor Brelsford. “She would be really proud that this ongoing quest for greater justice, for equality, continues in new forms.”

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