Press Release for Thursday, February 10, 2005
UNF: Dick Gregory to Speak at Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon
February 10, 2005
Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
Dick Gregory, civil right activist, social commentator, comedian, actor, author, and philosopher, will be the speaker at the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon presented by the University of North Florida’s Intercultural Center for PEACE. The program will be held at noon on Thursday, February 24, 2005 at the University Center.
Gregory began performing comedy in the mid-1950s while serving in the army. He became a nationally known headline performer, selling out nightclubs, making numerous national television appearances, and recording popular comedy albums in the 1960s.
From an early age, Gregory demonstrated a strong sense of social justice, often leading marches, voter registrations, sit-ins and demonstrations. Inspired by the work of leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Gregory used his celebrity status to draw attention to such issues as segregation.
In 1966, Gregory ran against Richard J. Daley in Chicago's mayoral election. He ran for president in 1968 as a write-in candidate for the Freedom and Peace Party.
Gregory co-wrote two autobiographies and several books on politics.
The luncheon tickets $15.00 each or $400.00 for corporate tables. Tickets can be purchased at the UNF Ticket Box Office in the UNF Fine Arts Center at (904) 620-2878.
This event is sponsored by UNF President’s Office, the Office of the Vice President of Student and International Affairs and the Black History Committee.
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