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The Essential Dick Gregory, and a fresh perspective on the Civil Rights Movement

Christian Gregory shares how his father used his comedic skills as a form of activism, and author Thomas E. Ricks offers insight into the strategic planning of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Dick Gregory was a prominent comedian and activist who was very active in the civil rights movement during the 1960s. While initially known as a comedian, his activism would, particularly during this decade of change, define his legacy.

Joining us is his son and manager, Christian Gregory, who discusses his father's legacy as a prominent civil rights figure. A new book, The Essential Dick Gregory, features a collection of the activist's greatest works. It is available now wherever books are sold.

Then, New York Times bestselling author, Thomas E. Ricks, joins us to talk about the Civil Rights Movement from a military perspective and discusses the non-violent strategies that were used and what we can learn from this approach today.

This is covered in greater detail in his book, Waging a Good War: A Military History of the Civil Rights Movement 1954-1968, which is also out now wherever books are sold.

Thomas E. Ricks will appear in-person at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX, on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

 

Guests:

Christian Gregory
Editor, "The Essential Dick Gregory"
Dick Gregory's Son & Manager

Thomas E. Ricks
New York Times Bestselling Author
Author, "Waging A Good War: A Military History of the Civil Rights Movement 1954 – 1968"

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