Legendary Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory Has Passed Away



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Gregory, who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.

Gregory’s son, Christian, told The Associated Press his father died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection.

Gregory was one of the first black comedians to find mainstream success with white audiences in the early 1960s. He rose from an impoverished childhood in St. Louis to become a celebrated satirist who deftly commented upon racial divisions at the dawn of the civil rights movement.

He also ran for president in 1968 as the Peace and Freedom party candidate.

Check out a video from Mr. Gregory’s last visit to the Tom Joyner Morning Show studio in December 2016:

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10 thoughts on “Legendary Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory Has Passed Away

  1. specialt757 on said:

    All the below comments reflect my sentiments exactly. You all did a great job expressing them. It’s just crazy because as a young person I’d never heard of Dick Gregory as a comedian or activist until my later years when I started to pay close attention to our “leaders” and people who claim to have the “pulse” of blacks in America. Mr. Gregory did not mince words and I loved that, he said what he meant (intelligently) and meant what he said, unapologetic, he will be missed.

  2. There are numerous videos of the honorable Dick Gregory online! • I suggest we download them or screen capture them! • Use these valuable messages to strengthen and support us all in this struggle! • R.I.P. Mr. Gregory and thank you!

  3. May Dick Gregory rest in peace.
    There was no one else who spoke out against social Injustice as Mr. Gregory continued to do.
    Our community will be lost without his voice!!!!!

  4. Passing Through! on said:

    I feared the worst when I heard he was in the hospital, lost another one. Dick Gregory was one of the last revolutionaries who came from the era of Dr. King and Malcolm X. It’s funny I was just watching some of his video on youtube. He provided really powerful information on malt liquor poisoning & the black community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoTSRfWUPQg Rip Dick Gregory, you will definitely be missed.

  5. Katrina Rufus on said:

    We have truely lost an icon. A fearless leader of our cause. Never one to mince words, he held America accountable for all it’s atrocities. He never backed down. He showed true courage. He was a voice for the voiceless. I never met Dick Gregory but loved everything he stood for.

  6. leadjustone on said:

    We have lost a great warrior. A life well lived; full of power and meaning. Rest in peace Mr. Gregory. May God comfort your family.

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