As a Comic and Activist, Dick Gregory Stands Alone

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Gregory speaks onstage at the Independent Lens 'Soul Food Junkies' panel at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Gregory speaks onstage at the Independent Lens ‘Soul Food Junkies’ panel at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/WPGC) - Eighty-years-old and still performing, Dick Gregory is known as the first black comedian to play to both black and white audiences.

His appearances on television, most notably “The Tonight Show Starring Jack Paar,” made him one of the most famous blacks in America.

Gregory is also a social activist and critic, and has been active in war protests over the years and the feminist movement.

He’s No. 82 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 top stand-up comedians, and also ran for president as a write-in candidate in 1968.

Check back all month for WPGC’s tribute to Black History Month.

99.1 WNEW’s Cheryl Simone contributed to this report

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