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News & Events: Archival interview to be featured in Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival

Archival interview to be featured in Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival

An archival interview with Mahala Ashley Dickerson, Alaska's first African American attorney, will be featured in the free and virtual Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival on March 12 at 9:00am Alaska time.

The festival is sponsored by the non-profit organization, The Black Quaker Project.

A screening of the interview will be followed by a discussion with Johnny Gibbons, Dickerson's life-time law partner.

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Born in Alabama in 1912, Dickerson homesteaded in Alaska in 1959, and resided for many years in the Wasilla area until her death in 2007.

Throughout her life, she was an outspoken civil rights advocate for women and minorities.

In 1998, host Red Boucher interviewed Dickerson for his TV show Alaska On Line. The interview is part of the Boucher Collection held by the Alaska Film Archives, a unit of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives Department in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at UAF.

A brief clip from the interview is available on the Alaska Film Archives YouTube channel.

Mahala Ashley Dickerson

Contact the Alaska Film Archives

Angela Schmidt, Film Archivist
Phone: 907-474-5357

Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
1732 Tanana Loop
PO Box 756800
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6800
Phone: 907-474-7481​​
Text: 907-341-4404​

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