Last night, Dick Gregory’s family announced his passing. In honor of this leader’s profound contributions to the culture, let’s review some quotes that resonated most with us:

“There’s a God force inside of you that gives you a will to live…”

“There’s a new law now. They can take 20% of your money… 20% of your pension… and you can’t figure out what these cops’ shootings are?”

“They keep shootin’ children in front of you, while you sleep, and I wonder how many of y’all been watchin’ that stuff for the next five years and woke up the next day with no appetite… those are your children.”

“It’s cool to be healthy…”

“Ferguson… then… you watched it, you heard it, and you heard white folks arguing… about what did they do to get shot?”

“See America is broke… so they gotta start this…”

“Jesus… They killed him on Friday…took three days to rise… Monday…then… I mean think about that… you can’t be killed in two different months…”

“Once I realised the value of making people laugh, I got very good at it. Fast….”
“My belief is, you know, certain things have to be explained that’s never been explained…”
“I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that…”

Dick Gregory was extremely passionate about sharing his message with the world.

For one, he even ran for President in the 60’s. Some may have questioned his methods (he rose and reached more people through a consistent candor), but you could never question whether he truly cared about sharing what he knew to be true about social justice, police brutality especially, and being black in comedy, with all. Gregory was excited to help us question everything. His perspective enlightened, and reverberated with, many and for that- RAPFEST, and the culture, are forever grateful. He has transitioned at only 84 years old after first being admitted to the hospital a few days prior to passing.

On top of all this, though, many Hip Hop phenoms continue to express their condolences. Already, according to Pitchfork, Missy Elliott, Chance The Rapper, Maxwell, John Legend, Killer Mike, and more have increasingly shared their sympathy for the tragic loss. Also, as stated in the NY Times, he was in Washington at the time of his death.

“In America, with all of its evils and faults, you can still reach through the forest and see the sun. But we don’t know yet whether that sun is rising or setting for our country.”

May Dick Gregory rest in peace.