James Lee Dickey: An Analysis of One African-American's Leadership in Jim Crow Texas

The Beginning

No birth certificate recorded the time, date, or location of James Lee Dickey's arrival though November 12, 1893, marks his communally celebrated birthday. Parents John and Linnie (Sears) Dickey delivered their eldest child at their McLennan County home, as was typical of colored families at the time. Eventually, the Dickey family relocated to their permanent residence near Baylor University at 408 University Street in Waco, Texas.  Eight more children soon joined the household. John and Linnie both worked diligently to provide, John working as a waiter and Linnie caring for the family. The A.M.E. Church provided spiritual nourishment and a strong sense of community. As young Dickey grew, this was his quest.

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