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