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It is with regret I greet you while mourning the death of a great mentor in Mr. Dick Gregory.
During the 80's I became familiar with his work when a co-worker at United Airlines gave me one of his comedy albums and said listen to this. Funny he was, but serious on matters of importance to black people. In the album were words that influenced the direction of my life from the moment I heard them. Mr. Gregory said in that unique voice, "A man without knowledge of himself is like a tree without roots. How can he stand?" It was a powerful declaration prompting self-examination and the narrative of my lineage. The depth of that story was enough to make me want to fall over backwards from the frightening realization of who we are as descendants of an enslaved people, where we have come from to now and what it is going to take to combat our issues, mental and psychological instability because of lack of knowledge and the will to overturn injustice with self-responsibility and determination. In summary, hurt people hurt people. And we will never heal until we come to accept our story and take the necessary steps to overcome the pain of our journey. We can't drink, smoke, rap, dance or shoot it away with three-pointers. Only the tools from education and the application of things learned will we create the foundation where we can stand strong individuality and collectively. From the beginning, that quote has been posted on the front page of World of Soul Motorcycle Community's social network as point of reference for me to guide this ship to help take us from where we are to where we ought to be - Focused.
(LOS ANGELES) — Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY