Dickerson earned his bachelor's degree in business administration at Tuskegee Insitute in 1973. He worked at several banks before becoming vice president of A. G. Gaston's Citizen's Federal Savings Bank. In 2004, Dickerson founded the annual A. G. Gaston Conference. In 2013 Dickerson was elected chairman of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.
- Bryant, Joseph D. (April 5, 2013) "Longtime Birmingham business advocate selected to lead national organization." The Birmingham News