The essential Dick Gregory

by Gregory, Dick,

Format: Book on CD 2022
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Narrated by Audie, Emmy, and NAACP® Image Award-winning actor, Joe Morton, and joined by Christian Gregory and Afrika K. Kenjyatta.

A soulful, generation-defining collection of thought-provoking, agitating, and liberating works from Dick Gregory, the activist and author of sixteen books, including the classic bestseller Nigger: An Autobiography and the 2017 NAACP Image Award Winner, Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies.

A true renaissance man, Richard Claxton "Dick" Gregory was one of the pioneering satirists of his generation, a reformer and brilliant spokesperson for the downtrodden and forgotten who dedicated his life to speaking unadulterated truth--and to improving ordinary lives. A revered human rights and environmental activist, fearsome and uncompromising social critic, lauded bestselling author, and beloved nutrition guru, Gregory aimed not only to educate souls, but to liberate them. His words shaped a generation and remain vital for our own turbulent times, offering wisdom to enlighten and inspire a new activist age.

This carefully curated anthology of selected writings reflects and celebrates Dick Gregory's wisdom and his vision. Divided into three sections--Body, Mind, and Spirit--it includes previously unavailable transcriptions and excerpts taken from his sixteen books, fifteen albums and audio compilations, and more than 1,200 hours of archival video, including lectures, interviews, and comedic performances. It is a breathtaking tour through the life of one of America's most prophetic and relevant cultural icons. The Essential Dick Gregory is a pointillistic portrait of a man who gave up a lucrative entertainment career to fight injustice on the front line of battle--leading protests and hunger strikes to end the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa; supporting civil rights, feminism, and Native Americans,; and addressing hunger, poverty, and police brutality.

This compelling volume will challenge your beliefs, allow you to see life in unexpected ways, and dare you to make the world a better place.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

part I. The body (1932-1960). 1803 North Taylor ; Developing his gifts ; Navigating a wider world ; Lil ; No business like show business ; Breakthrough
part II. The mind (1961-1970). Congressional testimony on discrimination in the performing arts (October 30, 1962) ; Interview with Ralph Gleason, KPFA Radio (May 25, 1963) ; Speech at St. John's Baptist Church, Birmingham (May 10, 1963) ; Medgar ; Selma speeches (October 1963) ; Freedom summer : interview with Ramparts magazine (June 1964) ; Interview with Larry Wilde, Great comedians talk about comedy ; Malcolm ; Speech at Vietnam Day, University of California, Berkeley (May 21-23 1965) ; Martin ; COINTELPRO ; Write me in ; Imagine : Bed-In for Peace, Montreal (June 1, 1969)
part III. The spirit (1971-2017). My answer to genocide (October 1971) ; The circuit : UCLA speech (January 27, 1972) ; Caught in the act : final nightclub performance (August 5, 1973) ; The JFK assassination : Good night America (March 6, 1975) ; A winning formula ; Amandla Festival, Harvard Stadium, Boston (July 21, 1979) ; Iran hostage crisis : press conference at Logan Airport, Boston (September 9, 1980) ; Pilgrim in search of liberation : Message magazine (March/April 1981) ; "Something must be wrong" : address at the Cleveland City Club (March 18, 1983) ; Hard on the outside, soft on the inside, but willing to stick his neck out / by Christian Gregory.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The work of comedian and activist Dick Gregory (No More Lies) comes together in this standout anthology gathered by his son. The book is divided into three chronological sections, "The Body," "The Mind," and "The Spirit," each representing a different phase of Gregory's life. The first part features his reflections on his impoverished childhood in segregated St. Louis, when he found in comedy a way to turn the tables on bullies who teased him for being on "relief." Early brushes with activism saw him participate in a high school walkout to protest overcrowded conditions and the omission of his name from the athletics section of the yearbook because "they don't list the Negro track meet." Gregory also recalls learning comedy tricks from legends Nipsey Russell and Sammy Davis Jr. and preparing a response to being called a racial slur by a white audience member: "My contract reads that every time I hear that word, I get $50 more a night." Elsewhere, Gregory (1932--2017) covers racial discrimination in the performing arts, birth control, his visit to Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis, and vegetarianism. Sharp, funny, and often inspiring, this is a must-read for Gregory's fans, and a perfect entry point for the uninitiated. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Gregory, Dick -- Literary collections.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- Literary collections.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Literary collections.
Literary readings.
Publisher [New York, New York] : [Ashland, Oregon] :Harper Audio ;2022
Blackstone Publishing,
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Works.
Contributors Gregory, Christian, editor, narrator.
Morton, Joe, 1947- narrator.
Gaines, Andre, narrator.
Kenjyatta, Afrika K., narrator.
Harper Audio (Firm), publisher.
Blackstone Publishing, publisher.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Joe Morton; read by Joe Morton, Christian Gregory, Andre Gaines, and Afrika K. Kenjyatta.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Title from disc label.
Bonus disc comprises PDF of front and back matter from the print version of the book (New York, NY : Amistad, ©2022).
Description 7 audio discs (8 hr.) ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 computer disc (4 3/4 in.)
ISBN 9798212036719
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