It is our humble opinion here at ImaSportsphile that Dick Gregory had one of the more significant impacts on American culture and society that the “Greatest Generation” and the “Baby Boomer Generation” in America had to offer….as he was as impactful as Peter, Paul and Mary, Stevie Wonder, Martin Luther King, George Carlin, Bob Dylan, et al were to a world in dramatic change….which makes this vintage video a piece of “pure gold” in our treasure chest of vintage memories.
Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an African-American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, conspiracy theorist, entrepreneur and occasional actor….who during the turbulent 1960’s became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his “no-holds-barred” sets….in which he mocked bigotry and racism. He performed primarily to black audiences at segregated clubs until 1961….when he became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences….appearing on television and putting out comedy record albums. Gregory was at the forefront of political activism in the 1960’s….when he protested the Vietnam War and racial injustice. He was arrested multiple times and went on many hunger strikes. He later became a speaker and author, primarily promoting spirituality.