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Gregory (Born, October 12, 1932, St. Louis, Mo.) entered the national comedy scene in 1961 when Chicago’s Playboy Club (as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner) booked him as a replacement for white comedian, “Professor” Irwin Corey.
Mr. Gregory, then a candidate for president, before speaking in Norfolk, VA, in October 1968. Source: Associated Press
From an early age, Gregory demonstrated a strong sense of social justice. While a student at Sumner High School in St. Louis he led a March protesting Segregated schools.