Dick Gregory on shame

Subject: race prejudice, unequal education, self esteem, stereotypes
Themes: Young Activists Education Civil Rights 21st Century 20th Century Journalism and Media
Age groups: Middle School High School Homeschooling
Resource type: Articles

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Dick Gregory, the well-known comedian, has long been active in the civil rights movement. During the 1960's Gregory was also an outspoken critic of America's involvement in Vietnam. In the following episode from his autobiography Nigger (1964), he narrates the story of a childhood experience that taught him the meaning of shame. Through his use of authentic dialogue and vivid details, he dramatically re-creates this experience for his readers.

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