#RIP Mr. Richard "Dick" Claxton Gregory 🙏🏾 This pic was taken at the Amandla--Festival of Unity- it was a world music festival held at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 21, 1979. Bob Marley and his band, The Wailers headlined the concert and spoken against the corruption of the system. The word "Amandla" is from the South-African Zulu language and means "power", "strength" or "energy". The goals of the concert were to support and celebrate the liberation of Southern Africa as well as the ongoing efforts of people in Boston to end racism in their families, schools, workplaces and communities.
"And you call me coloured ?
When I born, I black.
When I grow up, I black.
When I go in sun, I black.
When I scared, I black.
When I sick, I black.
And when I die, I still black.
And you white people.
When you born, you pink.
When you grow up, you white.
When you go in sun, you red.
When you cold, you blue.
When you scared, you yellow.
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you grey…
And you call me coloured??"
I found this a week or so ago and just had to ‘share it’ ... OHHHH !!!! How true is this though ? 🤔
It's was written by an African child & nominated by The United Nations as the Best Poem of 2006. 🌟
Richard Claxton Gregory was an American civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, comedian, and actor.⠀
Gregory began his career as a comedian while serving in the military in the mid 1950s. He served in the army for a year and a half at Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Lee in Virginia, and Fort Smith in Arkansas. He was drafted in 1954 while attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale. After being discharged in 1956 he returned to the university but did not receive a degree. With a desire to perform comedy professionally, he moved to Chicago.⠀
In 1958, Gregory opened a nightclub called the Apex Club in Illinois. The club failed, landing Gregory in financial hardship. In 1959, Gregory landed a job as master of ceremonies at the Roberts Show Club.⠀
Gregory performed as a comedian in small, primarily black-patronized nightclubs, while working for the United States Postal Service during the daytime. He was one of the first black comedians to gain widespread acclaim performing for white audiences. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Gregory describes the history of black comics as limited: "Blacks could sing and dance in the white night clubs but weren't allowed to stand flat-footed and talk to white folks, which is what a comic does."⠀
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Another painting today from Kenwood House in north London. This is a portrait of Dido Belle. She was the daughter of a slave born in the Caribbean. After her mother died she was brought up at Kenwood House by the famous judge Earl of Mansfield, the uncle of her father, Sir John Lindsay a British naval officer. She lived as a freewoman in relative grandeur. A film has been made of her remarkable life. (This is a detail from the painting that depicts her with her cousin and shows the two women as equals). NB the actual painting is now in Scone Palace in Scotland but a copy is at Kenwood. .
Richard Claxton Gregory (Mr. Dick Gregory) @therealdickgregory
(October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an American civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, comedian, and actor.
Gregory died at a hospital in Washington, D.C. on August 19, 2017 at the age of 84. The cause was heart failure
Active in the Civil Rights Movement, on October 7, 1963, Gregory came to Selma, Alabama, and spoke for two hours on a public platform two days before the voter registration drive known as "Freedom Day" (October 7, 1963). In 1964, Gregory became more involved in civil rights activities, activism against the Vietnam War, economic reform, and anti-drug issues. As a part of his activism, he went on several hunger strikes and campaigns in America and overseas.
Gregory began his political career by running against Richard J. Daley for the mayoralty of Chicago in 1967. Though he did not win, this would not prove to be the end of his participation in electoral politics.
Dick Gregory in 1964
Gregory unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party, which had broken off from the Peace and Freedom Party. He garnered 47,097 votes, including one from Hunter S. Thompson, with fellow activist Mark Lane as his running mate in some states, David Frost in others, and Dr. Benjamin Spock in Virginia and Pennsylvania garnering more than the party he had left. The Freedom and Peace Party also ran other candidates, including Beulah Sanders for New York State Senate and Flora Brown for New York State Assembly.
His efforts landed him on the master list of Nixon's political opponents.
Gone But Never Forgotten Known And Embraced By Many Generations Globally 👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾 Dick Gregory Was A Prominent Civil Rights Activist,Comedian & Author Unapologetic & Outspoken To The End 🎓 🌎☝🏾Woke Up This Morning To Hear We Lost Another Light Bearer..... Sad But Honoured To Have Known Such A Man Dick Gregory Who Stood For Something That Is Still Ongoing. He Has Long Been An Idol For Many Of Us Woke Folk Globally. I Wish You Everlasting Peace In Your Transition. Your Legacy Is Like An Everlasting Torch Being Passed On To Lighten Up The Darkness That Exists In This World. Let Us Have Your Courage- Respect Mr D 🎓❤️🌎👏🏾👊🏾🙏🏾💯 #ripdickgergory ☝🏾☝🏿 So Much Happening Checkout My Blog On Instagram Rainbow Blak Celebrating The Best In Music,Creativity,Music Producers, Art Etc 📸🎵🎭🎨 Rainbow Blak Taking Micro Blogging To A Whole New Level:Lookout For More Great Features:Thanku For Supporting My Blog 👏🏾❤️#instagramers Rainbow Blak:The Brainchild Behind Rainbow Blak No Team Just Me & My Creativity.The Struggle Is Real 🎓 Blog With Teeth:Rainbow Blak Str8 Outta London Bloggologist Since 2008 Creative Visionary. Rainbow Blak Is The Undiscovered Artist, Bloggologist, Social Commentator, Certified Music Junkie, Photographer, Writer & Beatz Maker/Producer. New Mind Candy Follow Rainbow Blak On Instagram For Something That Looks Like Mind Candy.Follow Rainbow Blak On Twitter. #music#women#creative#rainbowblak#london#art#bloggerlife#streetart#urbanartist#rainbowblak#londonlife#birminghamlife#blackauthors#humanrights#blackliterature#america#charlottesville#hatecrime#racism#hatecrime#policebrutality#blackhistory#dubmusic#heatherheyer#civilrights#dickgregory#activist#comedians
#RestInPower to #DickGregory . Richard Claxton Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017), known as Dick Gregory, was an American civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, comedian, and actor. During the turbulent 1960s, Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his "no-holds-barred" sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism. He primarily performed at segregated clubs to black audiences until 1961, when he became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences, appearing on television and putting out comedy albums. Gregory was at the forefront of political activism in the 1960s, protesting the Vietnam War and racial injustice. He was arrested multiple times and went on a hunger strike. He later became a motivational speaker and author, primarily promoting spirituality.
In August 2017, Gregory died of heart failure at a Washington, D.C. hospital, age 84.
Who is this generations Dick Gregory? Do they need one? Do they want one?
Dance Theatre of Harlem- Founded in 1969, Dance Theatre of Harlem is the oldest black classical dance company in continuous existence. The theatre was founded by prominent dancer, Arthur Mitchell (see yesterday's post) and encouraged more black ballet dancers to dance professionally. The company started in a church basement with 30 kids and within two month there were nearly 400 students attending classes. Eventually, Mitchell used his personal savings to convert a garage into the company's first real home. Originally, the repertory was neoclassical, but in the 1980s, more contemporary works and classics were added. The company presented various works by black choreographers, including Geoffrey Holder, Louis Johnson, Alvin Ailey, Alonzo King, Robert Garland, and Mitchell himself. The Dance Theatre of Harlem has been instrumental in lowering the color bar in ballet with many of its dancers going on to perform with bigger national companies. In late 2004, the professional company went on hiatus due to financial difficulties; however, the performing arm of the school, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble , continues to perform at schools, colleges, universities, and dance festivals today.