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A selection of igniting, agitating, and liberating works of cultural icon Dick Gregory, the incomparable satirist, human rights and environmental activist, health evangelist, and author of sixteen books, including 2017 NAACP Image Award Winner, Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies.
Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory, a true renaissance man, was celebrated as one of the pioneering satirists of his generation. Revered as a life-long human rights and environmental activist, feared as an uncompromising social critic, lauded as the author of Nigger: An Autobiography (over 1 million copies sold), beloved as a life-saving nutrition guru, and deeply respected for his fierce and unflinching embrace of America’s real story on the pages of his books and the stage of his life — Gregory was devoted not to mere education but rather liberation. There has never been a better time to be reminded of the things Dick Gregory had to say.
How best to chronicle all that Dick Gregory was and everything that his legacy inspires us to be? One need look no further than The Collected Writings of Dick Gregory. This carefully curated anthology of selected writings, albums, and lectures — divided into three sections — Mind, Body, and Spirit — includes previously unavailable direct transcriptions and excerpts sourced from Gregory’s sixteen books, Fifteen albums/audio compilations, and over 1200 hours of archival video including lectures, interviews, and comedic performances. It offers a breathtaking guided tour through the life of one of America’s most prophetic and relevant cultural icons.
Faced with the reality of the relentless societal assault endured by the have-nots, Gregory chose to end his lucrative entertainment career and instead dedicated his life to battling systemic injustice with his natural gifts. He waged his battles with unorthodox tools such as coast-to-coast protest runs and hunger strikes that opposed wrongs ranging from the Vietnam War to Native Rights Movements; women’s rights to South African apartheid; and food insecurity to police brutality and Black Lives Matter, all discussed in his life’s work of writings.
Readers will be in the company of a supreme agitator whose sole ambition is to disrupt unexamined lives. This compelling volume interspersed vintage memorabilia, photographs, and colorful, honest sidebar commentaries from the people who knew him best and loved him most will challenge you to analyze, decode, and discuss the awe-inspiring life of Dick Gregory and either burn up or burn through your fixed positions.
Gregory’s final gift? To ignite one agitated and liberated mind at a time and dare you to make the world a better place than you found it.
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