And Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory To Speak At U.Va. Celebration
Of The Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 14, 2004 --
The University community will celebrate the legacy
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a talk by nationally known comedian
and civil rights activist Dick Gregory.
Gregory’s address, “A Conversation with Dick Gregory: History, Humanity
and Humor,” will be held Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall.
event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by
of African-American Affairs and the Vice President for Student Affairs, and
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
grew up in poverty in St. Louis. He earned a track scholarship
Illinois University, becoming the first member of his family to attend college.
left college in 1953 to join the U.S. Army, where his talent
in comedy and performance developed in military shows.
He went professional in 1958,
working in Chicago nightclubs, and within three years had earned a national
by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Gregory has been active in
a number of causes, including desegregation, opposition
to the Vietnam War, world
hunger and prevention of drug abuse.
1973, Gregory moved with his family to Plymouth, Mass., where
he became a nutritional consultant
and founded a weight-loss product distribution
company, Health Enterprises, Inc. In 1996, he returned to the stage
in his critically
acclaimed one-man show, “Dick Gregory Live!”
is the author of several books, including “Nigger: An Autobiography”; “Up
from Nigger”; “No More Lies: The Myth and Reality of American
his recently published memoirs, “Callus on My Soul.”
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858