Dick Gregory's unapologetic comedy helped shape American conversations on race and activism

Gregory, who died this weekend, was a prime example of the power and necessity of political comedy.

Humorist-activist Dick Gregory was a man of many words whose fighting spirit helped transform conversations and action around race and justice in an often divided and discriminatory America.

Gregory — who died of heart failure on Saturday, August 18, at the age of 84 after a decades-long career in comedy — was known for his off-the-cuff, no-holds-barred humor. He could captivate any...


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