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Revolutionary Comedian Dιck Gregory to Receive a Star On the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Legendary comedian, actor, and activist Dick Gregory is one of the 30 honorees recently announced by The Walk of Fame Selection Committee who will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Committee chair Maureen Schultz states, “We Know that the new selections represent the best of the entertainment industry and will be a great addition to the Walk of Fame for both the Hollywood community and fans from around the world who visit Hollywood every year.”

Gregory has made his mark by using comedy and performance to convey his political message on civil rights to both black and white audiences.  His social satire has helped transform the way many white Americans perceive black comedians.  His career as a comedian began in the 1950s when he and other comedians such as Nipsey Russell, Bill Cosby, and Godfrey Cambridge all helped break the minstrel tradition to usher in a new era of black comedy.  Gregory’s career took off when Hugh Hefner saw him perform at Herman Roberts Show Bar and hired him to work at the Chicago Playboy Club.

The 1960s saw Gregory become active in the civil rights movement, protesting the Vietnam War, economic reform, anti-drug issues, and other social justice issues.  In a 2010 interview with Ebony, Gregory explained his shift from comedy to activism stating, “Even as a young boy, I wanted to do something important, but there was no particular thing that inspired me.  It was a person.  That person was Medgar Evers…After he received word that I had gone to a few SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) rallies, he called me and said, ‘Dick Gregory.  I need you to come to Jackson and march with me’…The nightclubs, the money, the jokes all came secondary after that.  I am still more inclined to go and march for a young man wrongfully killed in Harlem than do a gig at a university.  Once the movement is in you, it’s there.  It never leaves.”  He has been arrested several times and also posed several hunger strikes.  After running for mayor of Chicago in 1966 and for president in 1968, Gregory all but abandoned his comedy career by the early 1970s to focus solely on his political interests which he still pursues.

Gregory also became a health food activist supporting a raw, vegan diet.  He credits the diet with keeping his lymphoma, which he was diagnosed with in 1999, in remission.

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  1. Congratulations Mr. Gregory. It’s about time.

  2. Dick Gregory accepting a star on the Hollywood walk of fame is no better than the black guy that protest against big companies for not hiring blacks so the company executives invite him to negotiate in our behalf and he comes out with a job application instead…..GRADE F.

  3. Mubarak, How dare you disparage Mr. Gregory?!?? He is considered an elder, a griot, a fighter, an educator, a positive contributor, a role model, mentor, a gem, and very important person, etc., in the African American community. A Star in Hollywood in no way compensates for the contributions and knowledge he has shared with us. But, he deserves it none the less. Why not? He actually deserves much more! What about you???

  4. This is LONG overdue!!! however, I question the motives of America's Hollywood seeing that Dick Gregory doesn't have his own talk show or platform where his voice can be heard. #theblindinglightofmisinformationmustend

  5. And how old is dick Gregory???/wow and they are just going to give this to him now?sad…so long overdue!

  6. Dick Gregory came out and told us forty five years ago Blacks will be the number one patient for dialysis and Blacks had never heard of the procedure.
    I listen when he speaks!!!!

  7. My God. God bless Dick Gregory in his lifetime achievements. We are still a people being given a shiny token to try and bandage the lacerations we have received from those who are giving out the tokens. We are still no better off now than we were before. Their trying to take education, and even black babies being born from our race of people. God gives the breath and they say don’t bring that child into this world if you can’t take care of it. Congratulations Mr. Gregory. What other shiny token is there for you and the rest?

  8. It's about damn time!

  9. Sirs;
    I have a definite need to relay that I’m sick and tired of your **spellings and omitted letters. If the word you’re writing is embarrassing to you, choose another. For in-depth readers like myself, it upsets my reading flow when I come upon words you appear to attempt to code. It makes no sense, it’s not diplomatic and it darn sure isn’t intelligent.

    For we literary readers, please get your s*it together.
    Arthur Jones..Editor..Your Computer Newspaper(FREEPRESS) arthurj877@cableone.net

  10. I met mr Dick Gregory in Bedstuy Brooklyn 2days ago..i took a pic with him and I was amazed at whT he knows..and whT he shared about martin luther king ..which the media never would air and how the mob tried killing him,the chem trails in the Air everynite..in nyc..which keeps us docile and much more on bin ladens death in 2001..by the sheikh ..etc..disrespect him and u disrespect whT he has done for us as a people..cowArds

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