Activist & Comedian
Dick Gregory is a comedian and activist who became well known for his biting brand of comedy that attacked racial prejudice. Dick Gregory was arrested for civil disobedience several times, and his activism spurred him to run for mayor of Chicago in 1966 and for president in 1968.
In the early 1970s Gregory abandoned comedy to focus on his political interests, which widened from race relations to include such issues as violence, world hunger, capital punishment, drug abuse and poor health care. He continues this work today.