From the Back of the Bus.
“The Will Rogers of the Atomic Age”
The author’s first book. Comic and satirical musings on various themes—America, Brotherhood Week, Freedom Rides, etc.—from Black comedian and civil rights activist, Dick Gregory (1932–2017). Gregory’s was a write-in Presidential candidate of a Peace and Freedom Party. His candidacy was exactly 40 years before President Barack Obama’s historic victory as the first African American president.
Through comedy, Gregory tries to shed light on segregation: “Gregory knows what he must do - tell the truth about segregation so that it brings smiles instead of hurt, and insight, even to the insensitive.” (from the introduction). The book’s anecdotal style reads almost like a stand-up comedy routine. Joking about Martin Luther King’s civil rights activism, Gregory muses: “Reverend King’s the only celebrity who’s given out more fingerprints than autographs.”
Description: From the Back of the Bus.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1962. First Edition. 125pp. Softcover. Illustrated with numerous photographs. Endpapers lightly foxed, slight spine lean; Very Good.