Callus on My Soul: A Memoir

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Kensington Books, Feb 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Chronicles the life and work of Dick Gregory, one of America's top comedians and civil rights workers.
 

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He is a funn6 comedian, wit a lot of balls and person that is not afraid to speak his mind

Contents

2 RELIEF
11
3 HER LAST MILE
19
ON MY
25
5 LILY OF THE VALLEY
33
To CAST A STONE
53
8 MOVE ON NIGGERS
85
IN THE SNAKES MOUTH
99
14 A BULLET OF MY
161
GOING THE DISTANCE
213
25 LET THERE BE FOOD
219
FIRE WITH No FLAMES
227
NOTHING FROM HISTORY
237
BLOOD OFF MY SHOES
247
ON BROADWAY
257
SITTING ON THE COUCH
273
CALLUS ON MY SOUL
285

19 GOING HOME
193
22 GOOD OR EVIL
199
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTIN
207
FASTING
291
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About the author (2003)

Dick Gregory was born Richard Claxton Gregory in St. Louis, Missouri on October 12, 1932. He attended Southern Illinois University, but left in 1954 to join the Army. In 1956, he moved to Chicago to become a comedian. His big break came in January 1961, when he was asked to fill in for a comedian who had canceled a gig at the flagship Playboy Club in Chicago. His performance earned him a contract for the club. He became one of the first black comedians that could make it big in the white world. He created several comedy albums including In Living Black and White and Dick Gregory Talks Turkey. In 1962, he joined a demonstration for black voting rights in Mississippi and became a social activist. He viewed it as a higher calling and would often skip club dates to march or to perform at benefits for civil rights groups. His autobiography, nigger written with Robert Lipsyte, was published in 1964. Throughout the years, he went on dozens of hunger strikes over issues including the Vietnam War, the failed Equal Rights Amendment, police brutality, South African apartheid, nuclear power, prison reform, drug abuse, and American Indian rights. His fasting led to an interest in nutrition. In the 1980s, He worked with a Swedish health food company to develop a weight-reduction powder called Slim-Safe Bahamian Diet. He died on August 19, 2017 at the age of 84.

Shelia P. Moses is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including National Book Award Finalist, The Legend of Buddy Bush, The Sittin' Up and I, Dred Scott . She's also the co-author of New York Times bestselling Callus on My Soul , comedian and activist, Dick Gregory's memoir. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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