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Dick Gregory, Combining Humor and Truth

In the rapid response world of social media, the loudest voices are often the most repeated. But long before tweets and texts, there was just talk. Dick Gregory made his name with a brand of comedy and commentary that initiated conversation about 1960’s America … especially its segregation. Decades later the Civil Rights activist talked with TheVillageCelebration about Black America’s triumphs and its challenges.

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TheVillageCelebration is an online magazine dedicated to reporting stories that highlight the rich tradition of triumph, perseverance, and faith of African-Americans. Every day African-Americans are succeeding, living their dream, moving on up. And we want to share it with others. Welcome to TheVillageCelebration. Everyone likes a good story. Victory from defeat. Good over evil. Something from nothing. Problem is… we rarely read it, hear it, or see it. The news of the day records the American experience with a broad brush, painting a picture focused on that which dominates the daily landscape. The disasters, the politics, the wars. But look closely, life is being lived in and around these headlines.

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