I heard Debra Dickerson for the first time on a summer replay of a Counterpoint program I’d not heard during the year. She wrote a book published in 2004 or thereabouts entitled The end of blackness. I wondered if Noel Pearson might have forgotten to acknowledge her in an essay that I praised to the skies.
I certainly plan to get a hold of her book, but in the meantime I Googled her and have had a good old read around. In the process I came upon this knockout of an essay. I’d say you should go read it. And before you do, you might like to read an essay she wrote about the same events a couple of years before.