Beginning his career in 1953, Dick Gregory used his comedy to convey his political ideals to white and black audiences alike. Gregory is credited with helping change the way European-Americans viewed African-Americans. He proved we weren't less intelligent than any white person.
Although hailed as one of the best comedians of all time, Gregory is also known for his political activism. He spoke for two uninterrupted hours at "Freedom Day" in 1963, which was a rally to drive black voter registration. He also unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate.