Gregory honored by the DMV at public memorial service

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LANDOVER, Md. – A large crowd gathered to say goodbye to comic and community activist Dick Gregory on Saturday.

Leaders at City of Praise Family Ministries called the memorial a celebration of the 84-year-old’s life.

Gregory began as a funny man, becoming one of the first black entertainers on television in the 1960’s.

That wit was a double edged sword, also serving as social commentary as the Civil Rights movement began. Gregory traded the microphone for a megaphone and joined his friends like Martin Luther King, Jr. in protesting racial inequality.

Saturday’s memorial was followed by a parade on Sunday led by Nick Cannon. The parade went from Howard Theater to Ben’s Chili Bowl, where Gregory’s face dons the famous mural wall.

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