Dick Gregory died at age 84, a couple of months shy of another birthday. Here's an excerpt of a message from him on social media. I saw it posted by SELMA film director, Ava DuVernay:
"As I approach my 85th revolution around the sun this year, I wonder why it has been so difficult for humankind to be kind. So difficult to be loving and lovable. For my militant brothers and sisters, please don't misconstrue loving and lovable to be weak or submissive. Love will always be triumphant over hate. I know I will not be here forever, nor do I desire to be. I have seen progress like most cannot appreciate because they were not there to bear witness. I dedicated my life to the movement. By doing so, I never thought I'd still be here. So many of my friends are not here. They were cut down by a system of hatred and evil. If they were here, they'd see the progress that I see.......To the young folks of all ethnicities, I say 'stay woke' not as a catchphrase but as a lifestyle.....From the top to bottom of my heart I say 'stay woke.' Love you to life, Dick Gregory"Brother Gregory, that wise elder, is young again now and reunited with friends. I am so grateful that he was here. He opened doors...and minds. And he never, ever lost his righteous angers.