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Remembering Pioneering Comedian And Activist Dick Gregory In 10 Powerful Photos

Remembering Pioneering Comedian And Activist Dick Gregory In 10 Powerful Photos


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Over the weekend, the world lost legendary comedian and civil rights activist, Dick Gregory. In his 84 years of life, he combined his passion for comedy and social justice to make people laugh and think about important social issues. Recognized as the first Black American satirist, he joined the ranks of a new generation of up and coming Black comics such as, Nipsey Russell and Godfrey Cambridge. Since becoming involved in the civil rights movement in the 1960's, Gregory dedicated his life to creating a better future for us all.  Here's 10 powerful photos that show the incredible legacy he left behind. 

1. Dick Gregory holding his Merit Award of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (October 1963). 

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2. Gregory marching alongside Dr. King Jr. and James Meredith during the March Against Fear (June 1966). 

Photo credit: AP 

 3. Gregory speaking at a Black Panther Party Event (November 1968). 

Photo credit: Afro Newspaper/Gado

4. Gregory at the National Conference for New Politics with Dr. King (September 1967). 

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5. Gregory supporting civil rights icon Rosa Parks (1992). 

6. Gregory campaigning for President of The United States with the Freedom & Peace Party (1969). 

7. Gregory with the legendary Muhammad Ali and Richard Pryor after his appearance on the Phil Donahue Show (New York, 1993). 

8. Gregory meeting with civil rights leaders Lawrence Landry, Gloria Richardson, Malcolm X, and Stanley Branche to organize integration demonstrations (March 1963). 

Photo credit: Bettman 

9. Gregory leading a march from the Ebenezer Baptist Church along with Coretta Scott King, Christine King Farris, Alveda King Beal to celebrate Dr. King's birthday (January 1985). 

Photo credit:Ric Reld/ Associated Press 

10. Gregory on stage with Rep. John Lewis and former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry during a march in D.C. honoring the 40th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream Speech" (August 2003). 

Photo credit: Paul J. Richards/ AFP/ Getty Images

Rest in Power, Mr. Gregory.