Friends, family gather to celebrate comedian's life
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.