She Had a Dream – Friends Journal

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” These words of Martin Luther King Jr. continue to inspire, especially in these times when the dream of freedom and justice for all is often overshadowed by acts of hatred and brutality. Friend Mahala Ashley Dickerson (1912–2007) held on to this ideal and worked tirelessly toward it throughout her life. Honored as the first African American female attorney in Alabama, Dickerson had an illustrious career that took her to Alaska with her triplet sons in 1959, where, in addition to her law practice, she established a 160-acre homestead in Wasilla. It is that homestead and Dickerson’s dream of creating a “Pendle Hill of the North” that serves as the focus of this story. The story is told from the point of view of Alaskan Friends, past and present, including Dickerson through her autobiography, Delayed Justice for Sale. Part of that story is how Alaskan Friends are healing from an incident of racism that caused pain for many years and delayed the realization of the dream.

She Had a Dream – Friends Journal