Jacob Alan Dickinson
(July 20, 1911 - June 1, 1971) was a Topeka, Kansas
attorney and president of the Topeka Board of Education at the time of the Supreme Court desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education
. Dickinson was a key supporter of elementary school integration which had begun locally before the Supreme Court decision. He welcomed the Court's action which he believed to be "in the finest spirit of the law and true democracy".
Dickinson was the senior partner in the Topeka law firm Dickinson, Crow & Skoog. He married Edith Senner in 1931 and had two children, architect and businessman Jacob Alan II "Skip" Dickinson and author Linda Spalding. His brother was journalist and editor William Boyd Dickinson, Jr.
- A Time to Lose: Representing Kansas in Brown v. Board of Education by Paul E. Wilson (Kansas: 1995)
- Reporting Civil Rights, Part One: American Journalism 1941-1963 (Library of America) by Clayborne Carson, David J. Garrow, Bill Kovach, Carol Polsgrove