Celebs in the Civil Rights Movement

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Dick Gregory


With his clean-cut suits and jokes about racial discrimination, groundbreaking comedian and activist Dick Gregory became America’s comedic voice of the civil rights movement. But he was just as famous for his involvement with the cause, participating in a number of demonstrations and getting arrested several times for civil disobedience. His activism spurred his run for mayor of Chicago in 1966 and for president of the United States in 1968.

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