DICK GREGORY a living legend

Dick Gregory is on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest stand ups of all time. Born in 1932 he was one of the first black comedians to perform on stage for white audiences in the early 60’s after Hugh Hefner booked him to perform at the Playboy Mansion.  Gregory used his fame to draw attention to civil rights, conspiracy theories, economic reform and aniti-drug issues.

In February 2015 Dick Gregory received a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. “In 1962, Gregory was a nationally-known headline performer, selling out nightclubs, making numerous national television appearances, and recording popular comedy albums.” Dick Geogory’s Blog writes.

Watch him perform at the Comedy Arts Festival.

quotes:


“We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry, because we didn’t think it was fair in the history books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory, and when the Indians won it was a massacre.”

“I went to Ethiopia, and it dawned on me that you can tell a starving, malnourished person because they’ve got a bloated belly and a bald head. And I realized that if you come through any American airport and see businessmen running through with bloated bellies and bald heads, that’s malnutrition, too.”

“I am really enjoying the new Martin Luther King Jr stamp – just think about all those white bigots, licking the backside of a black man.”

 

read more:

DICK GREGORY BIO “African American comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians since he first performed in public.”

DICK GREGORY ACTIVIST  “Gregory first ventured south in the autumn of 1962 and from that moment his interest in comedy waned in favor of direct action. He and his wife Lil – mother of their 10 surviving children – have been jailed over 50 times in Washington DC alone.”

 

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