R.I.P. Baba Dick Gregory

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This Saturday, the world lost another icon, Civil Rights Activist, author, and comedian Dick Gregory. Dick Gregory was born Richard Clayton Gregory in St. Louis, Missouri October 31, 1932, the second child out of a family of six children. Growing up with to a single mother after their father abandoned the family, Gregory fought through poverty and racism in the South, eventually leading him to attend Southern Illinois University (SIU). Gregory performed at comedy clubs, even the Chicago Playboy Mansion where his career finally took off in 1961.

During the 1960's, Dick Gregory was active within the Civil Rights Movement participating in activism ranging from issues such as racism to rallying against the Vietnam War. Aside from his comedic endeavors starting here, Gregory spent a lot of time in Chicago, where he even ran for mayor in 1967 against Mayor Richard J. Daley. He also ran for president in 1968 and a write in candidate.

Aside from political and entertainment activism, Dick Gregory was an advocate for clean eating and health and opened Health Enterprises in 1984. He became a vegetarian in the 1960's and even went on several political inspired fasts throughout his life. In 2008, the activist spoke out about chemtrails, which he feels is chemical warfare being purposefully used against Black Americans to increase inner city violence. The late singer Prince also talked about this.

What many people loved about Baba Dick Gregory was his unapologetic, in your face, truth that he spoke. He didn't give a damn about your feelings, you were going to take this truth and swallow it. Dick Gregory has given an explosive speech about the government backed assassination of the late Martin Luther King Jr. and about the conspiracy behind the September 11, 2001 Twin Towers/WTC explosions.

Dick Gregory transitioned Saturday at age 84 from heart failure in Washington D.C. He was battling a bacterial infection and his death was confirmed by his son. He leaves behind his wife Lilian Smith-Gregory, eleven children, and grandchildren.

In 8th grade, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Dick Gregory by his autobiography Nigger. I was fortunate enough to hear the giant speak at St. Sabina Church in spring of 2015. The world will always remember Baba Dick Gregory for his laughs, activism, and lessons he taught us. Rest in power.

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