Nigger by Dick Gregory, originally published in 1964, is the autobiography of comedian and social activist Dick Gregory. “You didn’t die a slave for nothing, Momma. You brought us up. You and all those Negro mothers who gave their kids the strength to go on, to take that thimble to the well while the whites were taking buckets. Those of us who weren’t destroyed got stronger, got calluses on our souls. And now we’re ready to change a system, a system where a white man can destroy a black man with a single word. Nigger.”
As we finish reading and discussing Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin as the month of March nears its end I encourage you learn more on James Baldwin. As an activist, Baldwin attended many speaking engagements, debates, and conversations on the state of Black Americans. Since it is The Year of James Baldwin, we will continue to post content on one of America’s greatest writers.
In May, Dick Gregory will be speaking at The Faith Community of St. Sabina on the south side of Chicago in which all Melanin Book Club Members are invited to attend. Later that month, we will have our FIRST in person Melanin Book Club meeting in Chicago where we will discuss the authors, the content, and the teachings that we’ve learned thus far in The Club. We will snack and enjoy each others company in conversation for a fulfilling and enriching experience.