Interviewees

Debra Dickerson

Debra Dickerson

Author, The End of Blackness

Debra Dickerson is the author of New York Times Bestseller, The End of Blackness: Returning the Souls of Black Folk to Their Rightful Owners (Anchor Books 2004) which illustrates the evolution of black identity in America, and liberates black Americans from the social constructs of “blackness.” She has been both a senior editor and a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Republic, Mother Jones, Slate, The Village Voice, and Essence. She has been a guest on Oprah, The Colbert Report as well as an editorial contributor on the NY Times Opinion Page.

Raised in St. Louis, MO, Dickerson enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1980 to 1992 as an intelligence officer where she was appointed Chief of Intelligence at Ankara Air Station. Dickerson was educated at the University of Maryland, St. Mary’s University, and Harvard Law School and has also published a memoir, An American Story (Pantheon 2004).