Although it has been a few weeks, the reality has still not set in. Richard Claxton Gregory, known as Dick Gregory, died on August 19, 2017 after a brief illness.
The next day marked a year since the passing of veteran journalist George E. Curry.
When I traveled to the nation’s capital, for more than two decades, there were three people who I made it my business to contact: George Curry, Dick Gregory and Dr. Julianne Malveaux, and they wouldn’t think of coming to Texas without reaching out to me.
Now, only my dear sorority sister, Julianne, is here to call.
Although the late, great Dr. Maya Angelou has been quoted as saying; I can say I actually had her tell me that “growing old is not for sissies.”
I realize what she meant.
It’s hard saying goodbye to loved ones.
The celebration of life for Mr. Gregory was held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 4p.m. at City of Praise Family Ministries, 8501 Jericho CIty Dr. Landover, MD 20785.
The Gregory family thanks everyone for the outpouring of love and support.
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, please consider purchasing copies of Dick Gregory’s newest book Defining Moments in Black History for your family or friends to keep the words and passions of Dick Gregory front and center.
Or, consider a tax-deductible donation to the Dick Gregory Foundation.
Thanks to the Pan African Connection and Resource Center for the Tribute held on August 27 in Dallas.
The Dock Bookshop is planning a tribute in Fort Worth.
Mr. Gregory has not missed a year visiting Dallas in almost 25 years and so it is only fitting that we pay tribute to him. That tribute is scheduled for Sunday, October 8, with more details forthcoming.
There will also be a special edition of Texas Metro News with photos, stories, and tributes dedicated to Mr. Gregory. If you would like to participate in the tribute, there is no charge. Just make your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org before September 23, 2017.
Mr. Gregory left an indelible mark wherever he went. He left so many memories to cherish!