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Wake Up and Stay Woke

By Kenedi Houston

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq and moderator Cheryl Smith
Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq and moderator Cheryl Smith at the African American Museum.

A vibrant group gathered at the African American Museum at Fair Park to hear about the one and only Dick Gregory.

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq., a longtime friend of the comic turned activist, has written a book about his life and during a recent visit to Dallas she autographed books and discussed his impact on society.

“I remember the last words he uttered before he passed on: ‘Wake Up and Stay Woke.’

A discussion about The One and Only Dick Gregory
A discussion about The One and Only Dick Gregory

That’s where I got permission for the title of this book Wake Up and Stay Woke: Running For Life,” Dr. Williams said.

A graduate of Grambling State University and holder of numerous degrees, the president of the Political Congress of BlackWomen said Dallas was one stop of many as she tours the country sharing the life lessons he instilled in her. She said, “Dick Gregory knew who he was and as a Black Man growing up in post Jim-Crow America, he was a staunch supporter of the Women’s Movement, Native Americans, and a healthy lifestyle in vegetarianism. “

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Recently, Showtime released a biopic film, The One and Only Dick Gregory. Its’ June 19th release, coincided with the inaugural national recognition of the Juneteenth holiday, and the Men of Change exhibition at the African American Museum, that also featured Mr. Gregory.

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