I recently had the opportunity to read the autobiography of Dick Gregory, titled ‘Nigger: An Autobiography’. This book, originally published in 1964, is a powerful and inspiring account of Gregory’s life as a comedian and civil rights activist.
The book starts with Gregory’s hardscrabble childhood in St. Louis, where he faced poverty and racism. He then takes us through his early days as a comedian and his involvement in the civil rights movement alongside Medgar Evers and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gregory’s writing is honest, raw, and thought-provoking, making it a captivating read.
One of the strengths of this autobiography is Gregory’s ability to convey the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement. He shares personal stories of participating in demonstrations against segregation and the sacrifices made by individuals for the cause. It gives readers a deeper appreciation for the immense personal sacrifice that went into fighting for equality.
Gregory’s writing style is engaging and authentic. He shares his experiences with poverty and racism in a way that is both heartbreaking and inspiring. His humor shines through, even in the darkest moments, and his ability to find lightness in the face of adversity is truly remarkable.
One minor drawback of the book is the mention of Black Lives Matter on the back cover. Since the book was published in 1964, it seems out of place and unnecessary. However, this does not detract from the overall impact and importance of Gregory’s story.
Overall, ‘Nigger: An Autobiography’ is a must-read for anyone interested in the civil rights movement and the life of Dick Gregory. It is a thought-provoking and moving account of a man who overcame racism and poverty to become an American legend. I highly recommend this book to everyone.