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Nigger

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"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I understand there are a good many Southerners in the room tonight. I know the South very well. I spent twenty years there one night..."
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 15th 1990 by Pocket Books (first published June 28th 1964)
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Chris The first person; it is Gregory's autobiography.
Joan Well, I don't have any idea how he could have cooked that turkey. You realize that likely no one in that neighborhood had the means to cook that…moreWell, I don't have any idea how he could have cooked that turkey. You realize that likely no one in that neighborhood had the means to cook that turkey? And if they did find someone, they would have had to share the turkey with that family. There would have been so little per person, it simply wouldn't have been worth bothering with. There were 6 kids and their mother in Gregory's family. How far do you think one lousy turkey would have gone? Especially if it had to be shared with a second family.(less)

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Robin
Dec 20, 2013 added it
I read this book years ago. It was given to me by a young black man who was working to change the attitudes of white people. However, I was a young white woman and he knocked on my apartment door and asked to come in and talk about Civil Rights. It was 1964. I was a senior in high school. I asked him to come in. He did. We sat on the couch in the living room and he told me about the Civil Rights movement. I listened for at least a half an hour or more. The poor guy shook like an earthquake durin ...more
BlackOxford
How Long, Lord? How Long?

America is evil. It is more evil now than it was over a half century ago when Dick Gregory wrote Nigger, his first autobiography. Back then the racists were mostly Southern, Democratic, ignorant and at least a little ashamed. Now they are Central, Republican, just as ignorant, but firmly in charge, and proud of it.

Gregory's commitment to the 1960's Civil Rights struggle was supported by an ideal that he could use against the bigots of the day: "I told them that they were
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Shannon
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first wrote this review it was quite challenging. I had it drafted for a while and didn’t think it was good enough. I still don’t. So to sum it up, I’ll go ahead and tell you Nigger makes my list of best books ever.

Migrations of the Heart by Marita Golden had been the book with the most memorable dedication I’d read. That was until I opened this one:

Dear Momma - Wherever you are, if ever you hear the word “nigger” again, remember they are advertising my book.


I didn’t make it much further
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Chante
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I knew very little about Dick Gregory before I read this book. I knew his name, that he was a comedian, and not much else. His autobiography, aptly named I add, provides incredible insight into the Civil Rights movement. I read this book before the 2004 elections and I felt so proud. Because Gregory and other black women and men were wiling to put their life on the line, I can vote. While at times Gregory's sexism is irritating, to say the least, this book is worth your time. Written in 1964 at ...more
Rebecca McNutt
This book is as relevant today as it ever was. People say that racism isn't such an issue anymore, not in a modern, civilized North America, but it's all around us. It's more subtle than it used to be mind you, but it's still a huge problem, something that Nigger tries to raise awareness of. This incredible but often harrowing book will change every reader's life, and make you really look at history and the world around you in a totally different way.
David Schaafsma
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Heaven just got funnier, RIP” #DickGregory DL Hughley

Gregory, dead at 84, 8/19/17, was a ground-breaking comedian and a civil rights activist.

"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I understand there are a good many Southerners in the room tonight. I know the South very well. I spent twenty years there one night. . ."

Nigger, his memoir, is painfully hilarious. I read it in a high school sociology class with other books such as Black Like Me and Malcolm X's Autobiography. He dedicated the book to
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Deborah Heal
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had only read excerpts before and so it was good to read the whole autobiography. It is powerful stuff. With snippets from his life, Gregory paints a picture to show us the cruel ways poverty and racism affect those in their grip--physically of course, but also emotionally, and spiritually.

His honesty is staggering--in the personal stories of his own efforts to survive with his dignity intact--and in portraying his own weaknesses and failings, by-products of the cancer of hatred and racism he
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Phil
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 t ...more
flannery
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
"Dear Momma- Wherever you are, if you ever hear the word "nigger" again, remember, they are advertising my book."

Before I lend this book to my boss and risk its disappearance, I thought I'd transcribe a few of my favorite parts. On meeting his wife:

"She was so nervous while she was writing it down, she kept tearing the paper with her pencil point. I rolled up the paper and put it in my pocket. Lillian Smith stayed through the second show and the Sunday evening show and she kept staring at me lik
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Zayne
Aug 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
From surviving a Dickensian childhood to psyching out a knuckle-dragging racist, there's nothing in Gregory's autobiography that isn't gripping, heartbreaking and wise.
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Richard "Dick" Gregory was an American civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, comedian, motivational speaker, author and actor. He became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences.
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“Dear Momma―Wherever you are, if ever you hear the word "nigger" again, remember they are advertising my book.” 22 likes
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