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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.