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Dick Gregory: Celebrating Truth

Presented by the National Congress of Black Women, Inc.

The Studio@620 announces a special event fundraiser with iconic comedian and social justice activist Dick Gregory.  His social satire paved the way for future African American comedians and his activism included struggles for civil rights, economic reform, anti-drug issues, anti-war efforts, political campaigns and more. A complete summary of his comedic and activist careers is available on Wikipedia. His autobiography, titled "Nigger", was published in 1964. He was the first black guest on the Jack Paar show.

"While he talked politics, Mr. Gregory wasn't a political comic. If anything, he had an antipolitical genius for personalizing, and then disarming, relations between races"--The New York Times

An excerpt of his early stand up routine:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I understand there are a good many Southerners in the room tonight. I know the South very well. I spent twenty years there one night.

Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant and this white waitress came up to me and said, "We don't serve colored people here." I said, "That's all right. I don't eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken."

Then these three white boys came up to me and said, "Boy, we're giving you fair warning'. Anything you do to that chicken, we're gonna do to you". So I put down my knife and fork, I picked up that chicken and I kissed it. Then I said, "Line up, boys!". -- ( Joke Gregory Told That Go Him Hired By High Hefner)

Don't miss what promises to be an exciting night! The evening will include a performance and speech from Mr. Gregory followed by a question and answer session.  Proceeds raised from this event will benefit the National Congress of Black Women, Inc., The Higgins Alcohol and Addiction Research Program, and The Studio@620 educational initiatives. 

Admission is $25 per person and includes a selection of h'ordeuvres.  Because this is a fund raising event, red member tickets will not be accepted.  Seating is limited, RSVP to secure your seat at this once in a lifetime opportunity by calling 727-895-6620.
Saturday July 23, 2011 @ 8 PM

Special Event Sponsor: State Representative Darryl Rouson

Patron Sponsors

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