American lawyer and essayist. Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Dickerson earned degrees from the University of Maryland and Harvard Law School. She has been an officer in the U.S. Air Force, a senior editor at
U.S. News and World Report, and a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She is presently a Senior Fellow at the New American Foundation in Washington, D.C. Her writing has appeared in the New Republic, the New York Times, and the Nation, among other periodicals; she is also a blogger for Mother Jones. Her books, focusing on the role of race in American life, include the memoir An American Story (2000) and The End of Blackness (2004). See also debradickerson.com.