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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard "Dick" Clayton Gregory  

Pen Name: Dick Gregory

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri

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Illinois Connection

Gregory attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on a track scholarship. He also lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gregory is an American comedian, social activist, social critic, writer and entrepreneur. After returning from the Southern Illinois University after the draft, he decided to move to Chicago to perform comedy professionally. There, he became part of a new generation of black comedians that included Nipsey Russell, Bill Cosby, and Godfrey Cambridge.Gregory also ran for mayor of Chicago in 1965 and was the ''Freedom and Peace Party's'' canidate for President in 1968.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0671735608

Pocket Books. 1990

“Powerful and ugly and beautiful…a moving story of a man who deeply wants a world without malice and hate and is doing something about it.” —The New York Times

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I understand there are a good many Southerners in the room tonight. I know the South very well. I spent twenty years there one night…”

“Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said: ‘We don't serve colored people here.’

“I said: ‘That’s all right, I don’t eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.’

“About that time these three cousins come in, you know the ones I mean, Klu, Kluck, and Klan, and they say: ‘Boy, we’re givin’ you fair warnin’. Anything you do to that chicken, we’re gonna do to you.’ About then the waitress brought me my chicken. ‘Remember, boy, anything you do to that chicken, we’re gonna do to you.’ So I put down my knife and fork, and I picked up that chicken, and I kissed it.”

No more lies: The myth and the reality of American history,
ISBN: 0060802367

Harper & Row. 1972

Book by Gregory, Dick

Dick Gregory's Political Primer
ISBN: 0060116013

Harper & Row. 1972

dick gregory - political analyst and commentator offers an antidote from presidetal biographies. he explores the labyrinth of the electroral process

Up from Nigger
ISBN: 0812818326

Stein & Day Pub. 1976

Dick Gregory describes the decade in which he evolved from night-club comedian to human-rights crusader, a decade of personal commitment and high adventure

Speaking Engagements

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