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Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies Hardcover – September 5, 2017

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“In an unprcedented show of compassion and courage, Dick Gregory has knitted together side-splitting humor and hard truths. He has awakened generations of Americans who bow when they hear his name.”
(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)

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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.

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  • 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
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I like the idea that Dick Gregory introduced so many subjects and covered them in few words. It is a great review of our history with civil and human rights.He made it clear that Black history is such an important part of America's history. Everything is written in such words as "my grandmother would understand them" as he always said.
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