Comic legend and civil rights activist Dick Gregory passed away over the weekend, at the age of 84. He got his start in comedy in the 1960s, and he was the first black comedian to win praise from both black and white audiences; and to simply stand and do it “flat-footed,” as he said it, rather than doing a little song and dance first. He protested police brutality long before it was common, went on hunger strikes as a form of protest often.
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He ran for president and actually won a few states, and ran for mayor of Chicago. He combatted racism very directly, and often times hilariously. Jeff Johnson takes a moment to remember the man, the trail he blazed and the legacy he leaves behind. Click on the audio player to hear more in this exclusive clip from 3 Things You Should Know on “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.”
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Legendary Comic Dick Gregory Turns 80
1. 1. Legendary comic Dick Gregory speaks at his 80th birthday party. (Photo: Linda Amerson)1 of 5
2. 2. Actor Richard Gant and Dr. Linda Amerson attend Gregory's 80th birthday party. (Photo: Linda Amerson)2 of 5
3. 3. Ivan Tolbert and guest attend Gregory's 80th birthday party (Photo: Linda Amerson)3 of 5
4. 4. Dick Gregory poses with Joe Torry (right), Clarence Hill and Michael Anderson. (Photo: Clarence Hill)4 of 5
5. 5. Comedian Joe Torry poses with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity brothers Clarence Hill and Michael Anderson. (Photo: Clarence Hill)5 of 5
Jeff Johnson On The Remarkable Life & Legacy Of Dick Gregory [EXCLUSIVE] was originally published on rickeysmileymorningshow.com