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The Bentley College Distinguished Lecture Series Presents: Dick Gregory

December 20, 2001

WALTHAM, Mass.- The Bentley College Bowles Performing Arts Series presents an evening with renowned comedian author, activist and philosopher DICK GREGORY on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. in the Koumantzelis Auditorium. This event is part of Bentley's celebration of Black History Month.

Dick Gregory is the epitome of a self-made man. He got his start doing stand-up comedy in Chicago- using biting satire to point out the injustices of segregation and racism he experienced in 1960s America. Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., he became a civil rights and anti-war activist and wrote several books on the theme of race, including From the Back of the Bus (1962), Nigger: An Autobiography (1964) and No More Lies: The Myth and Reality of American History (1971).

Dick Gregory then turned his attention inward, teaching himself nutrition to lose excess weight. Based on his success, he went on to develop a brand of nutrition supplements and sell thousands of copies of Dick Gregory's Natural Diet for Folks who Eat (1973), advocating an organic, vegetarian diet.

A presidential candidate in 1968, Dick Gregory's varied accomplishments also include participating in more than 100 hunger fasts and starting a campaign to fight crime in his hometown of St. Louis. During his lecture at Bentley, he will speak about these and a wide range of other topics close to his heart.



This event is free and open to the public. Directions to Bentley College are available at 781-891-2100 or on the college web site at


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