The DuSable Museum Celebrates Activist Dick Gregory at Annual Book and Literary Fair

The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center will present its annual “Drum Talk,” Book and Literary Fair on Saturday, October 8, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The event will include “The Banned Black Book Exchange,” during which guests are invited to bring a “banned book,” which they may exchange for another “banned book” of their choosing.

More than 35 authors will be in attendance including Christian Gregory who will unveil and discuss, his new book “The Essential Dick Gregory,” a soulful, generation-defining collection of thought provoking, agitating and liberating works from his father Dick Gregory the late activist and author of sixteen books, which will be published on October 11, 2022.

A true renaissance man, Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory was one of the pioneering satirists of his generation, a reformer and brilliant spokesperson for the downtrodden and forgotten who dedicated his life to speaking unadulterated truth—and to improving human lives. “The Essential Dick Gregory,” a carefully curated anthology of selected writings reflects and celebrates Dick Gregory’s wisdom and his vision. Divided into three sections –Body, Mind, and Spirit—it includes previously unavailable transcriptions and excerpts taken from his sixteen books, fifteen albums and audio compilations, and more than 1,200 hours of archival video, including lectures, interviews and comedic performances. It is a breathtaking tour through the life of one of America’s most prophetic and relevant cultural icons.

Also, in celebration of Gregory’s 90th birthday, the launch and discussion of “The Essential Dick Gregory” will be preceded by a screening of the documentary The One and Only Dick Gregory, on Friday October 7, 2022, at 6:00 PM in the DuSable Museum’s Ames Auditorium.

The One and Only Dick Gregory is a feature length documentary examining activist, pop-culture icon and thought leader Dick Gregory, whose work as a self-described “agitator” shaped a generation demanding justice. As a renowned Black comedian, Gregory has a platform to take on the most incendiary battles of hunger, gender equity, and civil rights—stirring trouble and making headlines in the service of social justice. Featuring Gregory’s personal reflections, archival footage and interviews with the artists he influenced—including Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Wanda Sykes.

Admission to the screening of The One and Only Dick Gregory and to the Drum Talk Annual Book and Literary Fair is FREE to all. For more information, please visit the museum’s website at:

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