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Dick Gregory's Career Rooted at SIU
Dick Gregory's Career Rooted at SIU
Item IDEgyptian19680113Dick.tif
TitleDick Gregory's Career Rooted at SIU
AuthorBy Inez Rencher
DescriptionDick Gregory, Negro comedian, author and civil rights activist, developed at SIU the roots for his career.
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1968 January 13
Volume49
Issue67
SectionEducation
Page(s)10
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptDick Gregory's Career Rooted at SIU

By Inez Rencher

Dick Gregory, Negro comedian, author and civil rights activist, developed at SIU the roots for his career.
Gregory will return to campus Monday as a speaker for the Southern lllinois Peace Committee (SIPC), Speaking against the war in Vietnam as part of his attack on ills of American society, he will appear at 9p.m. in the Women's Gym.
Born in St. Louis in 1932, Gregory entered SIU in 1951 He left in 1953 to enter the armed service but returned in 1955.
While at Southern, he was active in the band, track and student movements, as I. Clark Davis, assistant to the vice president of Student and Area Services, recalled.
"He was always very cheerful and enthusiastic, Davis said. He said Gregory was instrumental in creating an
awareness among students of the need for a University Center.
"He was one who had a good sense of humor in the face of a lot of adversites, " added Davis
As evidence of his "good" sense of humor, Gregory was a winner in the annual Theta XI Variety Show and appeared in several other campus shows
"He had a number of routines developed while he was
in school." Davis said.
Gregory was also an outstanding athlete in track, winning mile championships in 1951 and 1952 and the title "Outstanding Athlete" in 1953,
Leaving SIU in 1956. Gregory launched his career in the entertainment world as comadian, appearing in night clubs in Chicago, San Francisco and Hollywood as well as in other cities across the coutry.
He also has appeared on television programs and re- corded an album untitled "Dick Gregory in Living Black and White.'' In 1964 he authored two books. "From the Back of the Bus'' and "Nigger."
Recently he ended a 40-day fast in sympathy with the suffering on both sides of the Vietnam war. During the fast, Gregory, who has also declared himself an independant write-in candidate for presdent in 1968, maintained a schedule of lectures, concerts and speak ng engagements in 26 cities. He has now announced that he will not shave, cut his hair or dress conventionally until the war in over.
Gregory also opposes the selection of Chicago as the site for the Domocratic National Convetion on the grounds that this would be rewarding "a city whose record on civil rights in among the worst in the country.
Stuart Novick, chairmen of the program committee for SIPC, said the group decided in November to invite Gregory as a speaker and had initially planned to present him in December.
Novick said about 800 tickets are still available at the Information Desk in the University Center and may be purchased at the door. An admission feel of $1 is being charged.
Gregory will arrive at SIU Monday afternoon from St. Louis on President Delyte D. Morris' private plane. Novick said there has also been talk of a reception in Gregory's honor in the predominantly Negro northeast section of Carbondale after his appearance.
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