Life of comedian/activist Dick Gregory explored
University of Wisconsin-Parkside History Professor Dr. Edward Schmitt invites area residents to get to know Dick Gregory a little better. Dr. Schmitt profiles the comedian/activist during the program "So Much is Happening! Dick Gregory and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s" Monday Feb. 25, at noon in room D139 of Molinaro Hall on the campus at 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha.
"We'll explore Gregory's participation in the black freedom struggle of the 1960s," Schmitt said. I will focus on the ways his career as a comedian opened the doors to racial dialogue, and emboldened him to join the struggles of racial minorities in both the South and the North."
Dr. Schmitt is the author of "President of the Other America: Robert Kennedy and the Politics of Poverty" (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010). He has also written essays on various aspects of the Civil Rights Movement and the War on Poverty. His program is presented by the UW-Parkside Center for Ethnic Studies.
"So Much is Happening! Dick Gregory and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s" is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Student Center lot. There is also ample parking in the Tallent lot with shuttle service to Molinaro Hall.For more information, call 262-595-2316.