Richard Claxton Gregory also known as the great ‘Dick Gregory,’ was an African-American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, conspiracy theorist, and occasional actor. His time was unfortunately cut short when Gregory ended up passing away due to heart failure, back on August 19.
During his 84 years of life, Gregory managed to touch millions of people. So it was only right that a man of his stature, deserved a well thought out home going.
This past weekend, Gregory’s family and friends paid tribute to him with a funeral that proved to be nothing short of a celebration of life and love. Friends and Family gathered at the City of Praise Family Ministries in Landover, Maryland, for an unforgettable service.
According to NBC Washington, The service started with footage of Gregory famous documentary ‘I Am Dick Gregory,’ which followed with heartfelt messages by the children of Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, and Richard Pryor.
In addition, a musical tribute was performed by Gregory’s daughter Ayanna Gregory and Stevie Wonder, a song by India Arie, a message from Rev. William Barber; a performance by Joe Morton from the one-man stage play ‘Turn Me Loose’; powerful words from Gregory’s family members; a message from Maxine Waters, and concluded with a eulogy by Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Moreover, the people who attended the funeral, spoke out to say Auntie Maxine Waters spoke very well about Gregory and his political views against the current administration.
“He gave up a fortune to help Black people, what are you going to do. Don’t come here today and say how much you love him and go to work tomorrow and skin and grin. It’s time for us to have courage to do what we need to do. Now is the time for us to have courage. I wish I could sit and talk with Dick because I have work to do. Because I’m cleaning out the White House. I’m going to sanitize the White House.”
Minister Farrakhan also shared his thoughts on Gregory by saying,
“Dick walked amongst us, but he always let his eyes focus on the universe. The God who created all of this can’t be pigeonholed.”
“We are immature in our religious expressions. These things are satanic and cause humans to fight each other when we belong to the oneness of the universal creator.”
Also in attendance were other notable colleagues including Bill Cosby, Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC, Michael Eric Dyson, and Roland Martin, just to name a few.
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