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Nigger

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    nothing funny about a civil war

    I was taken back to the dusty streets of St. Louis in 1935, when segregation was at it's hight, the summers at their hottest, and economy struggling at it's lows. The book that took me here is called Nigger, by Dick Gregory. I became entranced from the first word to the last. Gregory uses a wonderful narrative style and authentic dialect to keep his readers one hundred percent absorbed in every sentence while all since of time and matter dissolve into his inspiring tale of his life growing up as an African American. The story begins on Christmas with child who had just come home from a long day of hustling for spare change to sit and wait all night with his mama for his daddy to come home. It progresses to his teenage years where we watch Dick Gregory come to realization of segregation, discrimination and prejudice. Gregory gets older, struggles through and over comes obstacles in his high school with the track team, and prom, as well as difficulties finding a job. Finally with self determination, Dick Gregory made it big on the track team He broke records and won all the races and at last he won the state championship. Later in life, after college, Dick Gregory begins to use his talent for humor to make some money. Here he discovers his knack for stand up comedy and later rents a place to start his own night club in Chicago called the Apex. They opened near the end of fall and brings in some good cash the first few weeks until the Chicago winter causes him to loose the night club. For a while after, he would gig here and there picking up money when he could. When he wasn't on stage, he would work on his act to get better gigs. On January 13, 1961 a comic at the Playboy Club called in sick so the agents called Dick Gregory in and that night Hugh Hefner signed him to a three year contract, starting at $250 a week. After that, Dick Gregory became big name. And he began to use his power as a celebrity to fight segregation. He got involved in the non-violence black rights movements and made speeches for a few gatherings. He sat in Birmingham jail, May of 1963, while Martin Luther King was ¿waking up America¿. Richard Gregory grew up on the streets and in poverty, learning how to tell jokes to put up some sort of defense against mean kids who wanted to beat him up. As he grew older he used his jokes skills to make a living. He was eventually able to point out the ironies of segregation and ultimately encouraged many black people to help fight the war for civil equality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2000

    Great Book

    This was an awesome book, which i couldn't put down. I felt all sorts of emotions while reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    Moving

    this book was so interesting I couldn't put it down. It was such a touching story

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