From The Vault
June 24, 2020: Dick Gregory
From Pacifica Radio Archives, recordings of Dick Gregory, honoring the life of the comedian and civil rights activist who broke barriers in the 1960s and became one of the first African-Americans to perform at white clubs.
Gregory used satire and cool humor as a force for civil rights in the 1960s and devoted his life to speaking out on social justice and health. Gregory died on August 19. He was 84.
Gregory said, “Humor can no more find the solution to race problems than it can cure cancer.”
Nonetheless, he became a cross-over entertainer who reached both black and white audiences and, with humor, was able to generate deeper public understanding for the nations shameful racial history.