Dick Gregory

Friday, October 13, 2017
An Evening with
Dick Gregory
discussing his upcoming collection of essays,
Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies


Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

$43 General Admission Section Seat + book
$53 Reserved Section Seat + book
$20 General Admission Seat (on sale Aug 14, 10am)

*** We are sad that Dick Gregory passed away on August 19th. In honor of his life, career and the publication of his upcoming book, we are planning a tribute event with readings from his book. Check back for details.

For more than fifty years, Dick Gregory has been a provocative, incisive, and comedic force to be reckoned with.  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. He has always been indisputably real while reflecting on race issues in America.  He’s never afraid to lace laughter with hard truths. Later, he became a worldwide activist and health/fitness entrepreneur and is the author of a number of books, including the classic Nigger: An Autobiography, published in 1964, and his 2000 memoir Callus on My Soul. He joins us at Live Talks Los Angeles the day after he turns 85!

I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that.
–Dick Gregory

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. In Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies, Gregory charts the complex and often obscured history of the African America experience. He starts from the beginning, exploring African ancestry and the Middle Passage, and takes us through serious and funny aspects of African American life today, including looking at the Black Lives Matter movement, the creation of the Jheri Curl, the enjoyment of bacon and everything pig, and the recent shootings of black men.  He 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. This book of essays offers Gregory’s signature enlightening commentary on the intricate history of the African American people. 

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