Dick Gregory

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Gregory in 2015

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.[1] 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.

Gregory died at a hospital in Washington, D.C. on August 19, 2017 of heart failure at the age of 84.[2][3]

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  1. 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."
  2. 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. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  3. Mike Barnes (August 19, 2017). "Dick Gregory, Trailblazer of Stand-Up Comedy, Dies at 84". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 

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