Dick Gregory receives a star on Hollywood´s Walk of Fame

Subject: Dick Gregory, civil rights, protest, M.L.King Jr.. Stand-up comedy
Themes: The Arts Civil Rights 21st Century 20th Century Journalism and Media
Age groups: Middle School High School Homeschooling
Resource type: Articles

From an article in Variety:

"It was more than half a century ago that Dick Gregory became the Jackie Robinson of stand-up comedy, arguably the first black comic to break through to the white American mainstream. Yet he's only receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 2. Ask him why it took so long, and you'll get a quick response.

"You know damn good and well why it took so long," the 82-year-old chuckles. "I've been a bad boy."

That's one way of putting it. Another way would be to note that, at the height of his popularity, Gregory all but abandoned standup to become a full-time activist, a second major career change (he was a track-and-field star prior to trying his hand at comedy) that saw him stir up trouble for decades, once mounting a run for president, getting shot during the Watts riots, and staging a hunger strike in Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis...

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