I had not taken time to post about the passing of the legendary Dick Gregory because I had to process what we are losing. See for the better part of 50 years, Mr. Gregory exemplified what it was to be inside the fight for Black people in America.
Mr. Richard Claxton Gregory, affectionately known as Dick, passed on August 19, 2017. Dick was an American civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, conspiracy theorist, and occasional actor; wore many hats. He is most world renowned for his no nonsense comedy sets that mocked the institution of bigotry and racism. Bursting on the scene in the 60s, he accredits his early success to Hugh Hefner. Hugh saw Dick perform in a black owned establishment called Roberts Show Bar in Chicago.
After being named number 82 on the list of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest StandUps, Dick Gregory began to actively fight for injustice. In 1968, Dick Gregory ran for President as a write-in candidate. While he’s maintained he was the President for a short time, Dick officially lost the presidency to Richard Nixon. He eventually was investigated and cleared by the FBI.
In recent news, Dick Gregory was on many media outlets promoting great health habits and veganism. He was an advocate for keeping the black community uplifted in such tumultuous times. This published author wrote books, articles, and short stories up until he passed.
Prayerfully, his family keeps his memory alive because he was one of the pillars of the fight. Dick broke down many walls for blacks in this country, it’s only right we honor him properly.