Gregory is African-American comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived black comedians from his first public performance.
Gregory’s activism has continued until the present day. In response to published allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency had supplied cocaine to predominantly African-American areas in Los Angeles, thus spurring the crack epidemic, Gregory protested at CIA headquarters and was arrested.
In 1992, he began a program called “Campaign for Human Dignity” to fight crime in St. Louis neighborhoods.
Farrakhan is the well-known leader of the Nation of Islam.
What many people don’t know is that the activist of Caribbean descent was once an entertainer. He is a skilled violinist and was a rising calypso singer before joining the Nation of Islam. Known as The Charmer, he had a hit with the song “Jumbie Jamboree.” But Farrakhan discovered a different calling after attending a Nation of Islam event while performing in Chicago.
Soon after, Farrakhan gave up entertainment to become one of the most influential black leaders of all time.