Our Founder

Linda Lamar Dickerson Civic Center Executive Director Linda Dickerson Lamar has an extensive background in several sectors of America’s economy. She has worked in federal government, corporate, non-profit and academic arenas.

Lamar played a key role in designing and implementing an initiative for Dallas County Community College District to boost the success and retention of African American males. She was program coordinator for health career promotions at University of North Texas, Denton and career manager at Gulf Coast College (FL). She served as executive director of a non-profit and campaign associate for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas where she successfully raised funds to achieve targeted goals.

As previous chair for the DeSoto Public Library Board, Lamar helped to implement a community wide initiative – DeSoto Reads. She served on American Cancer Society boards in Florida and the Community Council of Greater Dallas.

Lamar – President and Founder of Dickerson Center for Civic Responsibility, Inc. – is passionate about providing young people with resources to succeed. DCCR is committed to increasing high school graduation rates, student academic success, and youth leadership skills. This organization carries on the service legacy of her parents, the late Rev. and Mrs. H. L. Dickerson.

She earned the bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Bishop College, Dallas and master’s degree in Urban Affairs from UT Arlington (Texas).

She is married to Louis Lamar, Sr., has one son Louis, Jr. and one grandson.