Friends, fam­ily gather to cel­e­brate co­me­dian's life

Tulsa World - - Our Lives -

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Friends and fam­ily of Dick Gre­gory gath­ered Satur­day at a Mary­land church in the sub­urbs of the nation's cap­i­tal to cel­e­brate the life of the co­me­dian and ac­tivist.

Reena Evers-Everette, the daugh­ter of slain Civil Rights ac­tivist Medgar Evers, says they gath­ered “to hear about the funny man, the straight man, who im­pacted our minds and im­pacted our hearts.”

Gre­gory, who broke racial bar­ri­ers in the 1960s, used his hu­mor to spread mes­sages of so­cial jus­tice. His com­men­tary led him into civil rights ac­tivism.

He died in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., last month at the age of 84.

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