Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory to appear at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Friday, February 07, 2014

For more information contact:

Tameka Lee

Director of Community Relations

[email protected]

(501) 683-3593

Comedian and ActivistDick Gregory to appear at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Little Rock, AR (Feb. 7, 2014) — Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is partnering with The Conyers Institute of Public Policy to present “An Evening with Dick Gregory” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Following a screening of the documentary COINTELPRO: The FBI's War on Black America beginning at 7 p.m.,the renowned comedian, author and activistwill speak at 8 p.m.

Dick 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 Gregory’s social satire is responsible for changing the way white Americans perceive African American comedians. Dick Gregory’s style has been described as detached, ironic and satirical. His 1963 autobiography, Nigger, became the best-selling book in America and has sold more than seven million copies.

Gregory has championed numerous causes throughout his career and was intimately involved in the Civil Rights Movement. When Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini took as hostages the staff at the American Embassy, Gregory fasted and prayed for their release and weighed only 97 lbs. by the time he left Iran.

“An Evening with Dick Gregory” is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Contact MTCC at (501) 683-3593 or reserve tickets online at (limit two per person).

In addition to The Conyers Institute of Public Policy and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, other event sponsors include The National Park Service - Central High National Historic Site, Beautiful Productions, UALR Institute of Race & Ethnicity, William H. Bowen School of Law, New Millennium Church, Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, and Law Students for Peace and Justice.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to telling the history of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, especially in the areas of politics, business and the arts. Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.

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