Dick Gregory Among 30 Entertainers to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is home to the handprints of many actors, musicians and other entertainers, but this year it will also showcase a lasting impression from a well-known social activist.

The list of honorees announced on Thursday included legendary comedian and social activist Dick Gregory, along with 29 other entertainers who will have the chance to leave a lasting mark in Hollywood.

The 81-year-old comedian is more than just your average comedian. Gregory has used his comedic talents throughout his career to convey a compelling message about civil rights – making him a powerful social activist.

His use of social satire proved to be a strong weapon against discrimination and the way whites perceived African-Americans.

In 1961, Gregory first appeared on the national comedy scene when he was booked at Chicago’s Playboy Club.

According to the civil rights activist’s official website, he was booked as a replacement for a white comedian by the name of “Professor” Irwin Corey.

Dick Gregory, Pharrell Williams, Will Ferrell and more honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame After years of performing for small African-American crowds, Gregory managed to win over larger crowds that included white audience members.

After Chicago’s Playboy Club offered him a contract extension for three years, Gregory became a national force to be reckoned with.

A year later, he was headlining major shows and selling out popular nightclubs.

In addition to his work as a comedian and powerful activist, Gregory is also a devoted father.

He and his wife Lil welcomed ten children together – three sons and seven daughters.

The other entertainers who will be awarded stars this year include fellow comedian Will Ferrell, actress and film producer Jennifer Garner, film director and screen writer Peter Jackson, celebrity chef Bobby Flay, “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane, “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, super producer and “Happy” crooner Pharrell Williams, legendary jazz and R&B group Kool & The Gang, international rap star Pitbull, “Live! With Kelly and Michael” talk show host Kelly Ripa and more.


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