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 ★★★★☆

October 22, 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...

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...

Carlton rated it ★★★★★

December 11, 2017

Why was the world convinced that a bumbling jail bird pulled off a major conspiracy to kill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Why the mysterious murder of Bill Cosby's son, Ennis, while his father was negotiating the purchase of NBC? Why did Malcolm X's autopsy reveal downward entry bullet holes if hi...

Tyler rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 03, 2017

Remember that book/movie A Beautiful Mind? It was about a brilliant mathematician, John Nash, who applied math to human behaviour to found what we now call game theory. I thought a lot about Nash as I was reading this book, because Dick Gregory also had a beautiful mind. He could see behind the p...

Shirley rated it ★★★★★

October 19, 2017

I love Mr. Gregory. This was a very well documented and interesting history book. I love that we get to “hear the rest of the stories “ about our black leaders and motivators. Although Mr. Gregory seems to think there are conspiracies behind each one, he adds a little humor to each little tidbit....

Jennifer rated it ★★★☆☆

October 11, 2017

I must confess that Gregory's tendency to lead everything back to a conspiracy theory hampered my overall enjoyment of this book. BUT, there were moments when I laughed aloud and he clearly loved history and politics. Definitely want to check out some of his earlier autobiographical writings.

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