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Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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(Susan L. Taylor, Founder of the National Cares Mentoring Movement and Editor-in-Chief Emerita of Essence Magazine)
“Gregory’s examination of American history from a black perspective is both humorous and inspiring.” (Booklist)
“I am honored to recommend my good friend Dick Gregory’s narrative on the history of America as a vital resource manual for this and future generations. For over fifty years, Dick has trusted in God to enable him to fearlessly speak truth to power and bring revelation to the masses without regard for negative consequences or financial reward. The world we live in can only benefit from reading and sharing this important work with anyone who may have forgotten or is without comprehensive knowledge of true American history.” (Martin Luther King III)
From the Back Cover
Dick Gregory was an unsparing and incisive cultural force for more than fifty years: a friend of such luminaries as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers, Gregory is an unrelenting, lifelong activist against social injustice, whether he was marching in Selma during the Civil Rights movement or organizing student demonstrations to protest the Vietnam War, participating in rallies for Native American and feminist rights or fighting apartheid in South Africa.
Known as much for his comedic achievements—as an actor, author, and social critic—as for his activism, Gregory was the forebearer of today’s new generation of black comics, including Larry Wilmore, W. Kamau Bell, and Trevor Noah. But Gregory always kept it indisputably real when discussing race in America, fearlessly lacing laughter with controversial truths in a manner that is inimitably his own.
Now, in Defining Moments in Black History, Gregory charts the empowering yet often obscured past of the African American experience. In his unapologetically candid voice, he moves from African ancestry and surviving the Middle Passage to modern-day protests. A captivating journey through time, this collection of provocative essays explores historical movements such as the Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as cultural touchstones, among them Marian Anderson’s performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and Billie Holiday’s haunting delivery of “Strange Fruit.”
Here is an essential, unique, no-holds-barred history lesson, sure to provoke, enlighten, uplift, and entertain—from one of our greatest living legends.
- Publisher : Amistad (September 5, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062448692
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062448699
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.89 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #90,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Dr. E. Faye Williams on March 4, 2018
A very good teacher of Our History.
Also loved the way his wife showed her love for her husband.
The way his children respected him and listened to the man in the household.i could say so many positive things about this Brother and Book. It's a must read!!!
What I'm writing here about though is to complain about the digital edition - this book was riddled with typos, stray and random commas, and even misspellings (including the author's wife's first name).
I would think a widely known publisher like Harper Collins would have caught these mistakes - they are are sloppy, and frankly distracting to the reader and disrespectful to the author.
Top reviews from other countries
You’ve heard the stories before but Mr Gregory has the edge.