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The St. Louis Shoots and African Roots of Dick Gregory

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St. Louis Connections

Richard Claxton "Dick" Gregory is a comedian and social activist, born October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri. His early years were spent at 1803 N. Taylor during which time he shined shoes to contribute to the family earnings. He attended historic Sumner High School where he was instrumental in the leading of a protest which fought against poor conditions in segregated schools. After which he received a track scholarship to the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Dick Gregory was inspired by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a civil rights activist. He campaigned to become President of the United States and fought for the rights of people at home and abroad. Dick Gregory instituted the "Campaign for Human Dignity" in 1992 for the purpose of fighting crime in St. Louis.

Embedded in the sidewalk of the University City Loop, the St. Louis Walk of Fame honors 140 great St. Louis people. Dick Gregory's Star of the Walk of Fame is located at 6611 Delmar. The star was inducted on May 21, 1995.

The African Ancestry of Dick Gregory

African Ancestry, Inc. is a genetic testing company which determines specific countries of origin and ethnic groups for people of African descent. African Ancestry, Inc. tested the DNA of comedian Dick Gregory and determined that he shares genetic ancestry with people living in Nigeria, Cameroon and Bioko Island.

Other African Americans with Dick Gregory's Connections

Nigeria President of Clark-Atlanta University, Dr. Carlton E. Brown Actor/ Football Player Jim Brown Actor Levar Burton Actor Rockmond Dunbar U.S. Secretary of Transportation & Former Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Anthony Foxx Actor Morgan Freeman Television Chef Carla Hall Television Judge Glenda Hatchett President of Alabama A & M University Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr. Television Evangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes Rapper/Actor Eve Jeffers Actor Blair Underwood

Cameroon Neo-Soul Artist Erykah Badu Actor Don Cheadle Rapper Common R & B Recording Artist Roberta Flack Historian Dr. John Hope Franklin Actor Taraji P. Henson Music Producer Quincy Jones Film Director Spike Lee Civil Rights Activist Joseph Lowery Actor Nate Parker Actor CCH Pounder WNBA Player Noelle Quinn Actor Sheryl Lee Ralph Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice Actress Vanessa A. Williams

Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea Actor Anthony Anderson Writer Antwone Fisher Actor Tasha Smith