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Dick Gregory, comedian and civil rights activist, dies

Dick Gregory, the pioneering satirist who transformed cool humor into a barbed force for civil rights in the 1960s, then veered from his craft for a life devoted to protest and fasting in the name of assorted social causes, died Saturday in Washington, D.C. He was 84. Mr. Gregory’s son Christian Gregory announced his death on social media. Early in his career Mr. Gregory insisted in interviews that his first order of business onstage was to get laughs, not to change how white America treated Negroes (the accepted word for African Americans at the time). “Humor can no more find the solution to race problems than it can cure cancer,” he said.

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