Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.
Gregory, who attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on a track scholarship in the 1950s, died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week, his son Christian Gregory told The Associated Press. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
The 1950s became the 1960s. They killed JFK, MLK, and Bobby. As well as Medgar, Malcolm, and Fred. Dick Gregory spoke to an emerging generation, whether white or black, whether they wanted to hear him or not.
The Eclipse. The dark sun. Carbondale. The timing (8-19-2017) seems right for him to leave. Sad.
The Southern wrote: