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“Very, very sorry to learn of Glenda's death. Had lost touch, regrettably, looked for her from time to time but didn't know of her passing until now. ...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Rosemary McLaughlin - Maplewood, NJ

“I felt extremely saddened to hear of Glenda's passing. I looked for her about two years ago. I sent her an email but there was no response... now I...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Aime - Maplewood, NJ

“R.I.P. Dear Glenda a most wonderous women with a heart of pure gold and the courage so fierce and unyielding that it opened doors for many to walk...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Barbara Roberts - Los Angeles, CA

“To her daughter my love goes out to you. As she taught us, "Truth crushed to the earth shall rise again." May God keep her close to us in thought and...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Jay Kayhill - Dacula, GA - Friend

“I WAS TRAVELING WHEN WAS INFORMED OF GLENDA'S PASSING I AM SO SADDEND GLENDA WAS NOT ONLY MY TEACHER AND MENTOR BUT SHE WAS AN ANGEL AND FRIEND EARLY...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: CLIFTON POWELL - WASHINGTON, DC

“I just learned of Glenda's passing. What a loss to the world of African American letters! May her family be comforted to know that Glenda Dickerson...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Cheryl Wall - NJ

“I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Professor Dickerson. We first met when she came to Milwaukee to direct for the Hansberry...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Joan McCarty - Atlanta, GA

“Glenda was a friend to early feminists, always making bridges across differences with humor, while calling us to consciousness. Radical, talented,...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Sue-Ellen Case - Los Angeles, CA

“Glenda, one testimonial here should be enough but I ran out of space before saying the most important thing. (I can see you smiling...that woman...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Elin Diamond - Highland Park, NJ

“A great poet, praisesinger, and womanist/feminist of the theater has passed. Immersed in the verbal music of her people, Glenda Dickerson had a keen...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Elin Diamond - Highland Park, NJ

“Harvey & Gert, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. May God comfort you and your family throughout this time of trial…&hellip...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Ray & Lynda Rowland - Bowie, MD

“It was a blessing to have known Glenda and I am grateful for her friendship,courage,and brave artistic vision. ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Judy Stephens-Lorenz - Ravenna, OH

“A wonderful and vibrant intellect that all of us will miss. That big smile and hearty laugh that drew so many of us into her world. A great mother...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Wiley J. Huff - Miami Shores, FL

“Dear Anitra: I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family. Love, Nanna ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Margaret McCoy - East Orange, NJ

“There simply was no one like her. I send all my love to her family, especially her parents and her daughter Anitra, during this difficult time. She...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: DeShawn McCoy - New York, NY

“Through my tears, my heart aches...For many years she was my light and my goodness and the last time we talked she again showed me the path to...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Constance Lee - Rockville, MD

“My heart reaches out to Glenda's family. Please accept my heartfelt and sincere condolences. Glenda and I came to know each other through working in...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Freda Scott Giles - Athens, GA

“I was stunned to learn of Glenda's passing. She was an exceptional artist, scholar, activist, and friend, and will be greatly missed. My sympathies...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: LeAnn Fields - Ann Arbor, MI

“Glenda inspired me to study directing for the theater, and as a result was a catalyst in my leadership development. One of her wisdom's I live by is...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Taquiena Boston - Washington, DC

“Glenda's passing is a huge loss for all of us in the theatre and in higher education. She was a model for us. A reminder to look around and speak...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Donna Aronson - Winona, MN

“It is with deep felt sympathy that I offer my condolences to you and your family. ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Dr. Paul K. Bryant-Jackson - OH

“The Staff of Stewart Funeral Home extend our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your loved one. Please accept our heartfelt...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Stewart Funeral Home - Washington, DC


Glenda Dickerson of Ypsilanti, Michigan departed on January 12, 2012. Professor of Theater and Director of the Center for World Performance Studies. The noted stage director, folklorist, writer, educator, and African American theater catalyst, Glenda Dickerson, was called home at the age of 66. Her family, friends, former students, and a multitude of colleagues in professional theater and academia at Howard University, Spelman College, and the University of Michigan will sorely miss her. Loving mother of Anitra Y. Dickerson Duncan, daughter of Gerthyl R. Dickerson and Colonel (Ret.) Harvey G. Dickerson, sister of Harvey G. Dickerson Jr.; is also survived by her son-in-law Pierre Duncan, grandchildren Julian P. and Madison K. Duncan; nephew Nathan T. Dickerson and niece Nubia R. Dickerson. This Online Memorial has been created to commemorate the life of Glenda Dickerson. You are invited to add a Tribute in her memory. Please click "Sign Guestbook" below to add our own memories, reflections, thoughts or condolences.

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