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Defining Moments in Black History Audiobook

Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Marv 10-19-17
    Marv 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best history book ever published!"

    If you never purchase another book on Black history in your life you have to get this one; it’s worth every dollar!!

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    Anonymous 10-15-17
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    "Amazing Book"

    I've learned so much in this audio things I'm embarrassed to say I've had no idea about. Dick Gregory definitely takes you out of the matrix with this one!

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    Dee 10-11-17
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    "very informative"

    I highly recommend this book especially
    in the day and age of false information..... it's always good to hear from someone who was REALLY THERE

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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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    Dylan Hardaway 10-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Eye opening"

    I really want to believe everything such as MJ being killed by a laser, but I can’t. That being said, Dick Gregory has white supremacy figured out. It’s a shame he died right after making this book and calling out all the lies. Coincidence? I hope so

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    AEC 10-08-17
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    "Thought provoking and informative"

    Mr. Gregory shared thought provoking information for reading audience to not take what is heard, as always the truth.

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    "Wow!!!! Extraordinary phenomenal reading and knowledge"

    This was one of the most informational, powerful, need to know book that I have ever encountered in my 52 years of living. There should not be a black person in America without this extraordinary book. Thank you so much Dick Gregory for this much needed, enlightening informational book. I wish that I could afford to send each and every family member a copy.

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    "A lot to think about"

    The conspiracy laid out in this book is a bit hard to take at face value even being a black man. However from what he alleges this could be due to having been indoctrinated in his society. I’ll have to look further into some of the things he alleges and if valid...suffice it to say that the future doesn’t look promising

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    "interesting experiences and knowledge on life"

    loved it. easy read with experiences that open eyes to new views and perspectives on life.

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    zhanaya 09-28-17
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    "Fantastic!!!!"

    This book was a true history lesson. I have recommended it to my entire family. The narrator was awesome and made it an easy listen. Bought the hard copy too!

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