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Nigger by Dick Gregory
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Dec 11, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography-ya, history-ya, theme-coming-of-age, theme-race-relations

I have taught this book several times to classes of ninth graders, and the depth with which it speaks to young, poor, Black students is startling. From high school track star to successful local comedian to civil rights activist to conflicted family man, the many lifetimes this man has led, along with the insights they provide for the human condition, allow more discussion points than one class can be expected to cover. This book is a great companion to studies of the civil rights movements of the 1960s, in that Gregory mentions some of the lesser known figures of the era and recounts the personal experiences of protesting and being arrested for it. Some recordings of his stand-up comedy routines would help provide students anticipation for reading this autobiography.
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