National Legal Aid and Defender Association Awards Augusta Resident Terence Dicks
Georgia Legal Services Board Member Terence Dicks was honored by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association with a client contribution award at their annual conference last month. From his firsthand dealings with renowned singer James Brown, to decades fighting for the rights of African Americans in our city, Terence Dicks life’s work is worth formal acknowledgement.
An excerpt from a letter written by Lisa Krisher, also an Augusta resident and the litigation director at Georgia Legal Services, detailing her reasons for nominating Rev. Dicks follows:
Rev. Terence A. Dicks of Augusta, Georgia deserves the 2016 NLADA Client Contribution Award for his three decades in community service and involvement, including founding and leading many organizations with an emphasis on civil rights, needs of inner city and low-income children, and civil legal representation for persons with low and moderate incomes.
… The son of an army solider, Rev. Dicks has lived most of his life in Augusta. During high school and for about seven years following, Rev. Dicks was a radio announcer for local radio stations. That experience helped him as the co-coordinator of the James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta in 1986, the first organized appreciation of Mr. Brown in Augusta. Rev. Dicks recognized Mr. Brown’s efforts to end rioting in Augusta and encourage better relations between races. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Brown made Rev. Dicks the manager of Mr. Brown’s first concert in Augusta.
… Long an advocate of expanded public transit, Rev. Dicks is the immediate past chairman of the Richmond County Transit Citizens Advisory Committee and remains an active member. Augusta’s transit system has been limited in service, but it is much needed to help residents go to jobs, medical appointments and other places. Recently, in part because of his leadership, Augusta Transit added three holidays for bus services helping persons without vehicles reach jobs on those days. He also is an active member of the Richmond County Board of Elections. He continues educating people about voting and organizes and participates in voter registration drives.
He is the go-to person in the east central area of Georgia on a variety of issues, from civil rights to nuclear safety. Rev. Dicks uses his knowledge and experience from his association with GLSP to offer counsel and leadership to others who are trying to improve the quality of life for Georgians, and particularly the community of Augusta where 26% of the residents live below the federal poverty level and more than 50% are African American.
Rev. Dicks doesn’t just talk the talk, he literally walks the walk; he does most of his work as a volunteer… without a vehicle.