Dick Gregory understood the political power of comedy

Dick Gregory died last weekend at age 84 after leading a bunch of lives.

He was at various times a standup comedian, social critic, political activist, political candidate, nutrition regimen entrepreneur, diet consultant and, increasingly in his later years, obsessive purveyor of bizarre conspiracy theories.

But my favorite memories of Gregory come from 1961 when I was a Midwestern kid watching his fame rise on TV like a Jackie Robinson of black standup comedians.

Robinson broke Major...

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