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Dick Gregory, comedian and civil rights activist, discusses his fast which is in its 35th day, protesting the Vietnam war in Chicago, . He says his weight is now 105 pounds, down from 158 at start of fast. He has been living on water since Thanksgiving Day
Dick Gregory 1967, Chicago, USA

Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory

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“Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said: ‘We don’t serve colored people here.’ “I said: ‘that’s all right, I don’t eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.” ~Dick Gregory

By Kevil Tice ~

I’ve been trying to assemble the perfect tribute to Dick Gregory for almost a week. This morning, I decided that I would just write with hopes that my words deliver the honor that he deserves.

Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory, passed away on August 19, 2017.

~ Writer ~ Civil Rights Activist ~ Comedian ~ Critic ~ Motivational Speaker ~

The list of his involvement, titles, and accomplishments could go on for pages.  And, in regards to his character, Mr. Gregory was far from anything ordinary.  He was fearless, wise, compassionate, and outspoken.  Using racially charged comedy to bring awareness to racism, he proved to be a remarkable example of inspiring and creating change through the platform you are given.

“The only good thing about the good old days is they’re gone.” ~Dick Gregory

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~ Marched with MLK ~ Drafted into the US Army ~ Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc ~

Mr. Gregory’s involvement in politics was no secret.  In 1967, he ran for Mayor of Chicago.  Although he did not win, he continued in politics as he (unsuccessfully) ran for President of the United States the very next year.  His 47,097 votes placed him on the Master List of Nixon’s political opponents.

Whether you completely or partially bought into his conspiracy theories, practiced his healthy living strategies, or agreed with his political arguments and concerns, I’m pretty sure we can all agree that he has truly left his mark on the world.

Well done, Mr. Gregory.  Rest In Power, King!

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 14: Comedian Dick Gregory performs at the Bud Light Presents Wild West Comedy Festival - at Zanies on May 14, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Bud Light)

I have no desire to see this all the way through, the dreams I dreamed about 60 years ago have definitively been realized. To the young folks of all ethnicities I say #staywoke not as a catchphrase but as a lifestyle. Most of the things that are killing us are in our minds and our daily routines. The way we think, the food we eat and the water we drink or so often don’t drink. While so many go out and protest the small evils, the big evils are ever present and welcomed into our homes. From the top to the bottom of my heart I say #staywoke. Love you to life.” ~Dick Gregory

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