An Autobiography

Book - 1986
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"Powerful and ugly and beautiful...a moving story of a man who deeply wants a world without malice and hate and is doing something about it." -- The New York Times

"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I understand there are a good many Southerners in the room tonight. I know the South very well. I spent twenty years there one night..."

"Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said: 'We don't serve colored people here.'

"I said: 'That's all right, I don't eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.'

"About that time these three cousins come in, you know the ones I mean, Klu, Kluck, and Klan, and they say: 'Boy, we're givin' you fair warnin'. Anything you do to that chicken, we're gonna do to you.' About then the waitress brought me my chicken. 'Remember, boy, anything you do to that chicken, we're gonna do to you.' So I put down my knife and fork, and I picked up that chicken, and I kissed it."
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, [1986], c1964
ISBN: 9780671735609
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 792.7028 GREGORY 1986
Characteristics: 209 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Lipsyte, Robert


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Apr 05, 2014

"Dear Momma-Wherever you are, if you ever heard the word "ni****" again, remember they are advertising my book."
A scorching memoir, that is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, by comedian/activist Dick Gregory, who grew up poor, became a track star and then found success as a comedian. It's something of a hipper, funnier companion piece to Richard Wright's classic "Black Boy." Is definitely enlightening for the reader seeking to understand the struggles of a black man in the 50s and 60s.


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