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Using Humor to Defeat Hate

Dick Gregory, a pioneer in the civil rights movement and famed entertainer, shares his wisdom

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4Dick Gregory-Civil Rights Activist and Comedian

Dick Gregory, comedian-turned-civil rights activist, in Washington, D.C. — Neville Elder/Corbis

Dick Gregory was on the front line in the ’60s during the civil rights era; today he continues to be a "drum major for justice and equality."


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A St. Louis-born comedian-turned-civil rights activist, Gregory’s social satire helped change the way white Americans perceived African American comedians. At age 85, Gregory continues to organize protests (having been arrested several times), write and perform while enjoying time with his wife, Lillian, and 10 grown children.

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