SIU Carbondale alumnus, social activist, creator and comic Dick Gregory on the McAndrew Stadium monitor in 2001. Faye Williams, the creator of a e book chronicling her greater than 30-year friendship with Gregory, will share her reflections on June 18 at SIU. (College Communications and Advertising and marketing photograph)
June 10, 2021
Dialogue on SIU alumnus, social activist Dick Gregory is June 18
CARBONDALE, Ailing. — Creator and radio discuss present host E. Faye Williams will share her private reflections of Southern Illinois College Carbondale alumnus, comic, creator and activist Richard “Dick” Gregory throughout a June 18 program at Morris Library.
Williams is the creator of “Dick Gregory: Wake Up and Stay Woke: Running for Life.” This system within the library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and can embody a e book gross sales and signing within the library rotunda. A Q&A by group member Pepper Holder begins at 3:30 p.m.
The occasion is free and open to the general public and can adjust to present Restore Illinois tips. Masks can be required for any particular person who is just not totally vaccinated and who’s over 2 years outdated and in a position to medically tolerate a face masking.
E book particulars a protracted friendship
Printed in Might 2021, Williams’ e book particulars a friendship that started in 1986 when the 2 met whereas Williams was operating for a congressional seat from Louisiana. She notes that Gregory’s “life experiences spanning over eight a long time stay related to immediately’s occasions.” And whereas Gregory’s activism, political humor and work towards justice are well-known, Williams will convey her perception and share Gregory’s “distinctive and interesting attributes much less recognized.”
“In all that he did, his want was to all the time make folks round him loveable and blissful and to make America stay as much as her promise for all of us,” Williams wrote.
Library Dean John Pollitz mentioned he learn Gregory’s autobiography in highschool earlier than enrolling at SIU and heard him communicate on campus in 1973. Each had been “eye opening and highly effective,” he mentioned.
Pollitz mentioned he’s thrilled that Williams is together with SIU Carbondale in her nationwide e book promotion tour. The library’s Particular Collections Analysis Middle supplied many images of Gregory throughout his time on campus for the e book, together with the image of Dick Gregory in his SIU monitor uniform.
Gained nationwide consideration at SIU
Whereas at SIU, Gregory, a local of St. Louis, was a nationally acknowledged athlete, and one of many quickest milers and half-milers within the nation. He captained each the cross nation and monitor groups and in 1953 grew to become the primary Black student-athlete named excellent athlete of the yr. He was credited with making nice strides towards integration in Carbondale.
After leaving SIU, Gregory participated within the Sixties civil rights motion and had private relationships with distinguished people, together with Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Muhammed Ali, President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy.
Gregory returned to campus many instances. He acquired an Honorary Physician of Humane Letters from SIU in 1987 and was an SIU Distinguished Alumni Award recipient in 2009. He was a lifetime member of the SIU Alumni Affiliation.
Williams is the nationwide president and CEO of the nonprofit Nationwide Congress of Black Girls Inc. She has appeared on community and cable tv information packages and hosts a weekly half-hour program “Wake Up and Keep Woke” on WPFW-FM in Washington, D.C.
For details about the occasion, contact Morris Library at 618-453-2522 or e mail email@example.com.
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