Dick Gregory, best-selling author, comedian, and activist, is coming to Little Rock to lead a discussion about the documentary film “COINTELPRO: The FBI’s War on Black America” from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
Admission is free.
Please note: According to Mosaic Templars, reservations are now full. However, seating and ticket reservations are guaranteed only until 7 p.m. on the day of the event. After that time, seating and ticket reservations may be voided and remaining seating will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.
For questions, please callÂ 501.683.3593.
“An Evening with Dick Gregoryâ€ť is presented by Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Conyers Institute of Public Policy. The UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity joins these two organizations and others as sponsors.
More about Dick Gregory
Gregory has championed numerous causes throughout his career and was intimately involved in the Civil Rights Movement. When Iranâ€™s Ayatollah Khomeini took the staff at the American Embassy as hostages, Gregory fasted and prayed for their release and weighed only 97 pounds by the time he left Iran.
Gregory began his career in comedy in the late 1950s. He soon began to revolutionize comedy along with his peers Nipsey Russell, Bill Cosby, and Godfrey Cambridge, who abandoned the minstrel tradition and its stereotypical characterizations of African Americans.
Many critics agree that Gregoryâ€™s social satire is responsible for changing the way white Americans perceive African American comedians.Â Gregoryâ€™s style has been described as detached, ironic, and satirical.
Other event sponsors include The National Park Service – Central High National Historic Site, Beautiful Productions, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, New Millennium Church, Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, and Law Students for Peace and Justice