Tickets are now on sale for Cameron University and Cameron Campus Ministry’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration banquet, featuring activist and comedian Dick Gregory on Monday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Aggie Rec Center. Gregory will address this year’s theme, “Current State of the Union,” during his keynote address. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and are available by calling Cameron Campus Ministry at 580-357-7226. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, January 10.
Gregory will also be featured during an afternoon session starting at 2:30 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. The afternoon discussion is open to the public at no charge.
A comedian and civil rights activist, Gregory’s social satire changed the way many Americans perceived African-American comedians. He entered the national comedy scene in 1961 when he debuted at the Playboy Club in Chicago at the invitation of Hugh Hefner. Soon, he was making national television appearances and recording comedy albums. During the turbulent era of the 1960s, Gregory often drew on current evens for his material, evoking laughter with thought-provoking yet humorous commentary. His fame in show business brought calls from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evans, who encouraged him to use his celebrity to bring attention to the Civil Rights Movement.
His strong sense of social justice fed his opposition to segregation and the Vietnam War, and he devoted much of his time to nonviolent protest with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Gregory was jailed many times for his dedication to the cause. As a result of his activism, his career suffered, as he furthered his efforts to bring freedom, justice and equality to all black Americans.
His first autobiography, published in 1963, became the best-selling book in America that year. Forty years later, he issued a memoir, “Callus on My Soul.” Gregory is also the author of 13 books on a variety of topics including nutrition, African-American humor, politics, and historic events.
Gregory continues protesting for the greater good, including conducting fasts and protests for fishermen's rights, ending hunger, and ending the drug problems in the United States. His lasting legacy will be one of nonviolence and his belief in social responsibly for all citizens of the planet.
The 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is co-sponsored by Cameron Campus Ministry and Cameron University. For more information, please contact Cameron Campus Ministry at (580) 357-7226.
December 12, 2013