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Defining Moments in Black History

posted by: August 28, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies This month, we lost a pioneer of African American culture with the passing of Dick Gregory (October 12, 1932 to August 19, 2017). Married for many years and the father of 10 children, Gregory most recently lived in Washington, D.C.
 

Gregory was a lifelong civil rights activist, taboo-breaking comedian and a prolific writer. His newest book, Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies will be published in September by Harper Collins.
 

Gregory’s collection of writings takes into account his own personal relationships with civil rights luminaries such as Medgar Evers and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but his knowledge doesn’t just live in the history books. Quotes and riffs include things as current in our pop culture such as the movie Get Out
 

His essays continue along that vein, mining the place in the world where history and popular culture merge to give us a view of our world as we may (or may not) know it today, depending on our own points of view. The essays crackle in Gregory’s voice, a combination of serious, smart and conspiratorial. An audiobook is planned; let’s hope that it is complete so we can hear this voice one last time.
 

Defining Moments in Black History is due out September 19. You can place your hold now.


 
 

Revised: August 28, 2017