Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory, was born, October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Mo. He is a comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians since he first performed in public.
Gregory’s autobiography, Nigger, was published in 1963 prior to The assassination of President Kennedy, and became the number one best-selling book in America. Over the decades it has sold in excess of seven million copies. His choice for the title was explained in the forward, where Dick Gregory wrote a note to his mother. “Whenever you hear the word ‘Nigger’,” he said, “you’ll know their advertising my book.”
Gregory passed August 19, 2017. He was 84.
Learn more at Dick Gregory’s official website