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With his trademark acerbic wit, incisive humor, and infectious paranoia, one of our foremost comedians and most politically engaged civil rights activists looks back at 100 key events from the complicated history of black America.

A friend of luminaries including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers, and the forebear of today's popular black comics, including Larry Wilmore, W. Kamau Bell, Damon Young, and Trevor Noah, Dick Gregory was a provocative and incisive cultural force for more than 50 years. As an entertainer, he always kept it indisputably real about race issues in America, fearlessly lacing laughter with hard truths. As a leading activist against injustice, he marched at Selma during the Civil Rights movement, organized student rallies to protest the Vietnam War; sat in at rallies for Native American and feminist rights; fought apartheid in South Africa; and participated in hunger strikes in support of Black Lives Matter.

In this collection of thoughtful, provocative essays, Gregory charts the complex and often obscured history of the African American experience. In his unapologetically candid voice, he moves from African ancestry and surviving the Middle Passage to the creation of the Jheri Curl, the enjoyment of bacon and everything pig, the headline-making shootings of black men, and the Black Lives Matter movement. A captivating journey through time, Defining Moments in Black History explores historical movements such as The Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as cultural touchstones such as Sidney Poitier winning the Best Actor Oscar for Lilies in the Field and Billie Holiday releasing "Strange Fruit".

An engaging look at black life that offers insightful commentary on the intricate history of the African American people, Defining Moments in Black History is an essential, no-holds-bar history lesson that will provoke, enlighten, and entertain.

©2017 Dick Gregory (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • TonyaA6
  • Vacaville, CA, United States
  • 09-22-17

A History Lesson from Mr. Gregory.

Thank you, Mr. Gregory, for leaving us this magnificent gift. May your soul rest in eternal peace.

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  • Terrance
  • Austell, Georgia, United States
  • 11-01-17

Baba Gregory is an Awesome Teacher

Baba Gregory has always been able to get me to stop and really concentrate on the lessons he teach. He has a way of making mundane facts seem interesting. This writing and performance kept me engaged and entertained; all the while educating me on a concept that some may have forgot. That being Melanated, a.k.a. Black, is a gift from the Most High to show you that you are the most beloved.

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Excellent

Learned a great deal of history between the lines.there was significant first hand experience. The language was quite colorful.

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Mr. Gregory has left us a wonderful gift to share

I could not stop listening and was sad that it ended so soon. I will share with many generations to come. Much needed information!!!

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Thank you Mr Gregory

Loved the book! So much wisdom and history packed in the book. Wonderful storyteller who kept me engaged. My only complaint is that the book had to end.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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MANDATORY READING/LISTENING

If you are a person of color, you need to listen to this book. I don't agree with everything that Dick Gregory says but I do believe most of it. Over the years I have listened to dozens of audio books. This is the first time I am listening to one for the 2nd time.
I am also making it my business to revisit some of the stuff presented here and doing my own research as well.
The book is very intriguing. As a person of color I am both inspired and disturbed by whats presented.
This book is definitely in my top 5.

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This is a great book.

Provides american history with an african american view point. Discusses civil rights movement, music, civil war... shows african americans contributions to key eras in american history.

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Amazing

One of the best books I listen to and I’m gonna listen it again I appreciate this book your gonna be miss

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Good Knowledge

Inside look on black history and are leaders that you wouldn't know without listening to this book

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Excellent

I loved it. Great stories and narration. Shippy really encapsulates himself in the essence of Gregory.

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