By WES HELBLING
Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 3:27 PM CDT
Gloria [Carter] Dickerson was 12 years old when she paused from her back breaking labor in a Mississippi cotton field and questioned whether God had put her on the earth to do better things. Little did she know of the historic role her family was to play in the struggle for integration of southern schools.
Born into an impoverished, sharecropping family in Drew, Miss., Dickerson is now coordinator for the Mid South Delta Initiative (MSDI), which distributes grants fostering economic development in rural communities along the Mississippi River. Invited by the Morehouse Dream Pioneers and New Philadelphia Church to speak in Collinston on Saturday, the story Dickerson told is as inspiring as it is searing.
Dickerson’s family’s historic struggle was told in the 1995 book “Silver Rights” by Constance Curry