Defining Moments In Black History: Reading Between The Lies by Dick GREGORYDefining Moments In Black History: Reading Between The Lies by Dick GREGORY

Defining Moments In Black History: Reading Between The Lies


Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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With his trademark acerbic wit, incisive humor, and infectious paranoia, one of our foremost comedians and most politically engaged civil rights activists looks back at 100 key events from the complicated history of black America.

A friend of luminaries including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers, and the forebear of today’s popular black comics, including Larry Wilmore, W. Kamau Bell, Damon Young, and Trevor Noah, Dick Gregory was a provocative and incisive cultural force for more than fifty years. As an entertainer, he always kept it indisputably real about race issues in America, fearlessly lacing laughter with hard truths. As a leading activist against injustice, he marched at Selma during the Civil Rights movement, organized student rallies to protest the Vietnam War; sat in at rallies for Native American and feminist rights; fought apartheid in South Africa; and participated in hunger strikes in support of Black Lives Matter.

In this collection of thoughtful, provocative essays, Gregory charts the complex and often obscured history of the African American experience. In his unapologetically candid voice, he moves from African ancestry and surviving the Middle Passage to the creation of the Jheri Curl, the enjoyment of bacon and everything pig, the headline-making shootings of black men, and the Black Lives Matter movement. A captivating journey through time, Defining Moments in Black History explores historical movements such as The Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as cultural touchstones such as Sidney Poitier winning the Best Actor Oscar for Lilies in the Field and Billie Holiday releasing Strange Fruit.

An engaging look at black life that offers insightful commentary on the intricate history of the African American people, Defining Moments in Black History is an essential, no-holds-bar history lesson that will provoke, enlighten, and entertain.

Dick Gregory’s social satire has changed the way white Americans perceive African American comedians. Known for his trailblazing form of racial commentary during the 1960s, he later became a worldwide activist and health/fitness entrepreneur and is the author of a number of books, including the classic Nigger: An Autobiography, publish...
Title:Defining Moments In Black History: Reading Between The LiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.89 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062448692

ISBN - 13:9780062448699


Editorial Reviews

“In this book, he combines … talents to tell a history that is at once tragic, inspiring, revealing, and even tear-jerking. Each bite-sized section recounts truly defining moments in black history…. packed with information and often laced with humor and firsthand accounts, bringing plenty of liveliness to the narrative…. This eye-opening volume is sure to get readers thinking.”