The Most Defining Moments in Black History According to Dick Gregory by Dick Gregory

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Read The Most Defining Moments in Black History According to Dick Gregory Online Free - With his trademark acerbic wit, incisive humor, and infectious paranoia, one of our foremost comedians and most politically engaged civil rights activists looks back at 100 key events from the complicated history of black America.

A friend of luminaries including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers, and the forebear of today’s popular black comics, including Larry Wilmore, W. Kamau Bell, Damon Young, and Trevor Noah, Dick Gregory has been a provocative and incisive cultural force for more than fifty years. As an entertainer, he has always kept it indisputably real about race issues in America, fearlessly lacing laughter with hard truths. As a leading activist against injustice, he marched at Selma during the Civil Rights movement, organized student rallies to protest the Vietnam War; sat in at rallies for Native American and feminist rights; fought apartheid in South Africa; and participated in hunger strikes in support of Black Lives Matter.

In this collection of thoughtful, provocative essays, Gregory charts the complex and often obscured history of the African American experience. In his unapologetically candid voice, he moves from African ancestry and surviving the Middle Passage to the creation of the Jheri Curl, the enjoyment of bacon and everything pig, the headline-making shootings of black men, and the Black Lives Matter movement. A captivating journey through time, The Most Defining Moments in Black History According to Dick Gregory explores historical movements such as The Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as cultural touchstones such as Sidney Poitier winning the Best Actor Oscar for Lilies in the Field and Billie Holiday releasing Strange Fruit.

An engaging look at black life that offers insightful commentary on the intricate history of the African American people, The Most Defining Moments in Black History According to Dick Gregory is an essential, no-holds-bar history lesson that will provoke, enlighten, and entertain.

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ISBN : 0062448722
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Raymond rated it ★★★☆☆

November 12, 2017

This was Dick Gregory's last book that he wrote. It came out a few weeks after he passed away. I would consider this to be his parting gift to his fans. I would not read this book if you are unfamiliar with who Gregory is and his way of telling the "truth". Reading this book was like reading your...

Andre rated it ★★★★☆

July 23, 2017

If you have ever seen, heard or read Dick Gregory then you already know he will bring some information that you probably were unaware of, or at the very least he will provide a different angle to things you may be familiar with. And that is mostly what he does here in this book, takes us on a soj...

Joan rated it ★★★★☆

November 19, 2017

This was quite entertaining, which is not at all surprising. Dick Gregory was one of the great comedians of his era. I saw him once, at UC Irvine. It reads as though he spoke into a tape recorder, and it was transcribed. He knew just about everyone in the Civil Rights campaign. That part I comple...

Senshin rated it ★★★☆☆

November 30, 2017

Conspiracies aside, this was an informative and VERY entertaining book. But as someone else mentioned, you probably want to read another book about black history ahead of this and maybe a little about Gregory first. I liked it (would have given 4 stars had it less conspiracy) and I'm looking forw...

Mehrsa rated it ★★★★☆

December 14, 2017

It's like if you had a hilarious, smart, and a little nutty grandpa who happens to know everyone tell you American history. The nutty part has to do with the conspiracy theories (like Bill Cosby was framed by the Feds, etc.) But Gregory was friends with MLK and Malcolm X and Medgar Evans so it's...

Christian rated it ★★★★☆

January 24, 2018

'In a way shape shifters are what we are, because black folks make ourselves into whatever we need to be to survive'

Jeida rated it ★★★★★

September 13, 2017

Everything my soul needed If you're looking for easy reading that stimulates thought and conversation, buy this book! Dick makes you question everything you've ever learned...and look at it through a new lens. Our black lens. Our black stories. Our black lives. It's humorous, educational, and insp...

Marie rated it ★★★★★

January 07, 2018

"Abraham Lincoln didn't care one way or another about black folks, or about slavery, either. He wanted to preserve the Union, that's all. He said: If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it. And if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it. And if I could sav...

Roger rated it ★★★★★

January 17, 2018

In the first pages, Gregory explains his purpose: “…to get the world thinking again, and to see what is truly there and not just what we are told as truth.” (p. 9) He uses his experience in stand up comedy to give us succinct and yet powerful statements about the men and women who shaped the Ameri...

JDK1962 rated it ★★★★☆

December 31, 2017

Excellent content. Though Gregory is (IMHO) a bit too eager to dive into conspiracy theory, I think the US would be much better off if there were a general appreciation of the people and issues he raises in this book. And I actually am curious to do a bit more research on the King assasination: t...

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