Monday August 21, 2017

Dick Gregory's use of humour in activism was 'unlike any other,' says son

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Over the weekend, we lost Dick Gregory, a comedian and activist who broke racial barriers in the '60s. He was 84 when he died. 

Gregory accomplished more than most even dream of: he was one of the first black comedians to appeal to white audiences and he was the first black comedian to get interviewed on late night TV. He recorded 16 comedy albums, appeared in films and on the radio, and wrote 16 books, with his 17th due out this fall. 

Gregory used his humour and fame to raise awareness of racial inequality and to spread messages of social justice and peace. And he did more than just talk: Dick Gregory often took action. He marched in Selma, was shot while trying to keep the peace during the 1965 Watts riots and was arrested in Washington for protesting Vietnam. 

Today, Gregory's son, Yohance Maqubela, joins us on the show to discuss his father's life and achievements.