‘She persisted’: Women who succeeded against the odds – Bernice Bright Dickey

March is Women’s History Month and this year, the national theme is, “Nevertheless, She Persisted.”

The theme embodies so many women in the Houston community. The Defender is highlighting some local Black women who have succeeded through persistence, despite the challenges they have faced on different fronts.

Today, we feature Bernice Bright Dickey, Educator & author

In 2010, Bernice Bright Dickey was living her worst nightmare. Her husband and 10-year-old daughter were killed in a horrible car crash. That same crash left her 1-year-old in critical condition.

“I couldn’t process the enormity of the multiple losses I was suffering at the same time,” she said. “The grief and loss I experienced as a result of this tragedy was more than I had ever known anyone to bear, let alone survive. I was just going through the motions of life, numbed by the pain of grief and loss. I didn’t know what to do, nor who to turn to,” Dickey said.

Determined to live for her surviving daughter, Dickey turned to God and “step-by-painful-step” created a new and much different life for the two of them.

Today, her mission is to share her own story as a means to coach others through their own painful process of grief recovery. Her memoir “My #1 Is Still My #1!” is about how she triumphed over tragedy. The book of journal entries, letters to God, and memories chronicles the difficult journey she traveled to overcome the deaths of her husband and daughter.

Life’s philosophy/motto: To God be the Glory for My Story!