Iconic Then, Iconic Now: Dick Gregory Speaks at Prince George's Community College

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Article by: Jennifer Colter

In celebration of Black History Month and in advance of ‘Civil Rights Day’, Prince George’s Community College is proud to announce Dick Gregory as their distinguished guest of honor. The iconic Mr. Gregory will be the focal point of a day full of powerful events that include a workshop, film screening and an intimate interview exploring civil rights…then and now. Both students and the College community have a unique opportunity to hear a first-hand account of what many people of color experienced in daily life during the Civil Rights Movement. The events will take place in Queen Anne Hall at the Largo, Maryland campus on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.  

As a highly-acclaimed author, comedian, nutritionist and modern philosopher, Dick Gregory has been a global voice for social justice and change for more than 50 years. His passion for enlightening people and exposing cultural truths has made him a public figure recognized and revered by celebrities like Bill Cosby, Stevie Wonder, Cicely Tyson and former President Bill Clinton.

“With such a long activist history, Dick Gregory represents the importance of consistency,” said Risikat Okedeyi, Director, Book Bridge Project at Prince George’s Community College. “In pledging his life to the fight for justice and freedom, much like Mrs. Rosa Parks, he possesses a unique insider’s view that allows those that listen to gain real clues into how be effective advocates. This is an important moment for our students and the surrounding community. ”

“It is critically important that we all are constantly reminded of the foundations laid by the great pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. “Mr. Gregory’s continued focus on social justice allows all people to be the benefactors of a movement that changed the nation and the world.  Dick Gregory was among those at the helm of civil rights leadership more than five decades ago. His commitment is strong; his voice is powerful.”

For more information about ‘Civil Rights Day’ at Prince George’s Community College, contact Risikat Okedeyi at (301) 322-0588 or visit www.pgcc.edu. For media inquiries, please contact Jennifer Colter at colterjl@pgcc.edu.

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