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Callus on My Soul

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Born into the kind of crushing poverty that can either destroy the spirit or ignite the soul, Dick Gregory used his razor-sharp intellect and boundless energy to become a headlining comic, a pillar of the civil rights movement, a pioneering nutritionist, and an uncompromising voice for social activism and human rights around the world. He has counted among his friends such ...more
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Published September 15th 2000 by Longstreet Press
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Christina
Jul 11, 2010 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This memoir was an excellent showing of the life of Dick Gregory and his family. He shared aspects of his life that involved the Civil Rights Movement, the Black power struggle, and the black leaders that helped shaped the black world and the mindset of the people during that time.

He went from his childhood to the year 2000, that expressed and explained the times, the emotions, the hostility, the racism, and the segregation. The way he told the story of his life was phenomenal.

His comedy paved
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Chezon
Feb 08, 2012 Chezon rated it it was amazing
I believe this book should be used in lieu of history books that overlook the contributions and undermine the celebrations of African-Americans. Reading it, I smiled, I chuckled and I fell into a deeper love and respect for the root of who we are. Dick Gregory speaks passionately and I appreciate how honest he was about his life. He showcases his profound love for his wife and challenges black men to extend that love to the black women around him. He holds a mirror to state of the world and dema ...more
Shauna
Jun 30, 2013 Shauna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, this is a must have. Excellent book!
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Jul 15, 2010 Ice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Matthew
Apr 06, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even with some of the lapses that take place in the text (relatively speaking), I thought it was an amazing read. As someone who grew up in segregation and participated in the movement, Gregory shares a wealth of wisdom and history with the kind of depth that isn't discussed in most history classes of its kind. This book should be used in lieu of classroom textbooks when discussing the history of the Black Experience in America and Civil Rights.

I gave it five stars for how entertained I was thr
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Dj Nixon
May 12, 2015 Dj Nixon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
for this man i have nothing but respect.
Karen Barker
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It was a joy reading Dick's Memoir and reliving some of the most historical events up close and personal with someone who was in the trenches during these times. I felt at one point Dick was advertising his Formula X product and diverted from the focus of his book for a chapter or two. His insights concerning the conspiracy theories of the FBI and CIA were very eye opening and truthfully, plausible.
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Gregory, Richard Claxton "Dick" , African American comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians since he first performed in public.

Dick Gregory entered the national comedy scene in 1961 when Chicago’s Playboy Club (as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner) booked him as a replacement for white comedian, "Professor
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