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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Claxton Gregory  

Pen Name: Dick Gregory

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

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

Died: August 19, 2017 in Washington, DC


-- Website -- http://www.dickgregory.com/
-- Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Gregory
-- Richard Claxton Gregory on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=dick+gregory


Illinois Connection

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

Biographical and Professional Information

Gregory was an author, comedian, and social activist. 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

  • Nigger:An Autobiography, Dutton, 1964

  • The Shadow that Scares Me, Doubleday, 1968

  • Gregory's Political Primer, Harper & Row, 1972
  • No More Lies: The Myth and Reality of American History, Harper & Row, 1972
  • Dick Gregory's Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin' With Mother Nature!, Harper & Row, 1973
  • Dick Gregory's Bible Tales, with Commentary, Stein and Day, 1974
  • Up From Nigger, Stein & Day Pub, 1976 Callus on My Soul: A Memoir, Taylor Trade, 2001
  • Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies, Amistad, 2017


Selected Titles At Your Library

Nigger :
ISBN: 0671735608. OCLC Number:

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African-American comedian and political activist Dick Gregory tells his life story up to 1963, describing his poor childhood in St. Louis, Missouri; his rise to fame as a comedian; and his participation in the fight for racial equality, including his arrests.

Dick Gregory's political primer.
ISBN: 0060116013. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row. New York,. [1972]

No more lies;
ISBN: 0060802367. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row. New York,. [1972, ©1971]

Dick Gregory's natural diet for folks who eat;
ISBN: 0060116048. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row. New York,. [1973]

Dick Gregory's Bible tales, with commentary /
ISBN: 081281682X. OCLC Number:

Stein and Day,. New York :. [1974]

Callus on my soul :
ISBN: 1563525542. OCLC Number:

Longstreet Press,. Atlanta, Ga. :. ©2000.

Defining moments in Black history :
ISBN: 0062448692. OCLC Number:

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The activist and comedian examines key events in black history, from the beginnings of the slave trade in Africa and the Middle Passage to the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Lives Matter movement.