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Original Woke: Dick Gregory's Life Of Activism In Vintage Photos 

Upon his passing, these photos celebrate the work of the trailblazing comedian. 

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By Danielle Kwateng-Clark · August 20, 2017

Dick Gregory was far more than just a funny man. The activist was a comedian who was able to marry humor with messages of peace and equality. Gaining fame in the early 1960’s, he joined the Civil Rights movement in a time when domestic terrorism and hate crimes against African-Americans were constant. By aligning with individuals like Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the leaders of the Black Panther Party —among many others— his work not only opened doors from comics but made a safe space for his people.

 

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Actors Chris Tucker, Dick Gregory with Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC on January 20, 2013.

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