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Dick Gregory, a pioneering force of comedy in the 1960s who parlayed his career as a stand-up comic into a life of social and political activism, has died Saturday (Aug. 19) of heart failure, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 84. "It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.," his son Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father's rep. "The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they...

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  June 9, 1995 - Lincoln J. Ragsdale, pioneer fighter pilot of World War II, dies Lincoln J. Ragsdale, pioneering African-American fighter pilot, civil rights leader and entrepreneur died on June 9, 1995, of colon cancer. He was 69. After WWII, Ragsdale graduated from flight training at Tuskegee Army Airfield and later became a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, becoming one of the first 1,000 Black men to be integrated into the armed forces. "I remember when we used to walk through Black neighborhoods right after the war and little kids would run up to us and touch...

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June 8, 1953 - Supreme Court ruling bans discrimination in Washington, D.C. restaurants. In the iconic geography of the civil rights movement, the South understandably looms large. Selma. Birmingham. Greensboro. Washington? Not so much. But as the nation reflects on the struggle for racial equality this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the capital’s mostly forgotten history of integration is worth remembering. Washington was a key civil rights battleground, especially in the years before the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education. In fact, in 1953, a Supreme Court decision that desegregated Washington restaurants paved...

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