Dick Gregory was considered an influential artist and comedian who, among other things, in his stand-up comedy pieces, campaigned for social issues and human rights in a humorous way, as well as for the rights of African Americans since the beginning of his career . He was considered the first black comedian to appear before whites. Dick Gregory ran unsuccessfully for the office of President of the United States as a write-in candidate for the Freedom and Peace Party in 1968 and has published numerous albums and books. His 1964 autobiography Nigger sold around 10 million copies. Because of his political activities, Gregory was on the Master list of Nixon's political opponents , the extensive list of enemies of former US President Richard Nixon . In 1974 he received the Thomas Merton Award for Peace and Social Justice.
Gregory died of complications from a bacterial infection in August 2017 at the age of 84.
- Dick Gregory's biography on his website www.dickgregory.com
- Biography, website of the AEI
- Dick Gregory on the St. Louis Walk of Fame
- Dick Gregory, who rose from poverty to become a groundbreaking comedian and civil rights activist, dies at 84 Los Angeles Times, August 19, 2017. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Gregory, Richard Claxton|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American comedian, activist, social critic, and entrepreneur|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 12, 1932|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||St. Louis , Missouri|
|DATE OF DEATH||19th August 2017|
|Place of death||Washington, DC|