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Dick Gregory, Stand-Up Comedian and Activist, Dies at 84

Gregory, born Oct. 12, 1932, appeared in many late-night TV shows in the ’60s and ’70s and was a civil rights activist for most of his life. One of his  big breaks came in 1960 when Hugh Hefner invited him to perform at the Playboy Lounge in Chicago.

Throughout his career, the comedian tried to include powerful statements about segregation and discrimination in his work, releasing popular spoken word albums such as, In Living Black andWhite, Talks Turkey, So You See … We All Have Problems and The Two Sides of…
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