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Richard Claxton "Dick" Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an American comedian, social activist, social critic, writer, and entrepreneur.
Gregory was born on October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was raised in Chicago, Illinois. Gregory studied at Sumner High School and at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He had been married to Lillian Gregory since 1959. They had 10 children.
- Dick Gregory, AEI Speakers Bureau. Accessed December 11, 2007. "A track star at Sumner High School, Gregory earned an athletic scholarship in 1951 to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and became the first member of his family to attend college."
- Dennis McLellahn (August 19, 2017). "Dick Gregory, who rose from poverty to become a groundbreaking comedian and civil rights activist, dies at 84". The Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-dick-gregory-20170819-story.html.
- Mike Barnes (August 19, 2017). "Dick Gregory, Trailblazer of Stand-Up Comedy, Dies at 84". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dick-gregory-dead-stand-up-comedy-legend-civil-rights-activist-was-84-1004479.
- Dick Gregory on IMDb
- A short biography from www.dickgregory.com Archived 2007-06-17 at the Wayback Machine
- Dick Gregory's oral history video excerpts at The National Visionary Leadership Project
- Booknotes interview with Gregory on Callus on My Soul: A Memoir, March 4, 2001. Archived September 23, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- Speech by Dick Gregory given on October 20, 1969. Audio recording. From the University of Alabama's Emphasis Symposium on Contemporary Issues.
- Footage of October, 1968 interview with Dick Gregory regarding his candidacy for the Presidency in 1968