On Saturday, August 19, news broke that Dick Gregory passed away at the age of 84. Gregory was a trailblazing comedian who rose to prominence in the 60s by using humor and laughter as weapons against racism and hatred. Many comedians shared their grief online, and gave new life to a comedic story Gregory told in 1961.
Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said: 'We don't serve colored people here.' "I said: 'that's all right, I don't eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken. About that time these three cousins come in, you know the ones I mean, Ku, Klux, and Klan, and they say, “Boy we're givin' you fair warnin' ...Anything you do to that chicken, we're gonna do to you.' About that time, the waitress brought me my chicken. 'Remember, boy, anything you do to that chicken, we're gonna do to you.' So I put down my knife and fork, and I picked up that chicken, and I kissed it.
What a great story! What an amazing man RIP Dick Gregory Thank you for sharing this 💗😢🌹🙏🏾— melissa jacobs (@deathrep) August 20, 2017
Not sure if dick gregory copied it from Muhammad Ali or vice versa but I heard Muhammad Ali tell this story first.— Umme Haleema (@aaminah_sid) August 21, 2017
Not to detract from Gregory and his well-earned legacy, but I've seen that restaurant story attributed to the baseball player Vic Power.— Katrina Rose (@HistorianKat) August 20, 2017
excellent story....gotta love a good one...wondered what KKK did next..LOL— Bay_Bye (@BayBye2010) August 20, 2017
Genius! Hope people use this opportunity to learn more about his life.— Judy K (@baseballgods16) August 20, 2017