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Dick Gregory, Comedian, Civil Right Activist, Dies at 84


It is with heavy hearts that we report, civil rights activist, author, and comedian Dick Gregory has died at age 84. Mr. Gregory passed away in Washington D.C. on Saturday, August 19 after suffering from an aneurysm.

Below is a post from Gregory’s Instagram page written by his son, Christian Gregory, confirming the death.

Mr. Gregory rose to prominence in the 1960’s taking on racism in America through comedic satire, working his way to becoming one of the few African-American comedians to breakthrough and perform in front of white audiences.

Mr. Gregory’s comedy career went hand in hand with his civil rights activism. He was a regular at rallies, marches, and was arrested multiple times during the Civil Rights Movement. He even ran for president in 1968, earning close to 50,000 write-in votes.

As a trailblazer, Mr. Gregory not only opened doors for other comedians, he shined a light on the dark realities of the Black experience and other serious affairs. His monumental legacy will impact generations to come.

Ron Murray

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