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The second oldest of a poor family of six, Dick Gregory went on to become one of the first famous African-American comedians, an author, a nutritionist and a tireless crusader for civil and human rights. Rather than deny or forget the discomfort of his youth, Gregory has embraced it and made it joyful, recording stories of his St. Louis childhood and road to success in his best-selling autobiography, Nigger, and a recent memoir, Callus on My Soul. While Gregory's writing style has the perfect timing of a longtime stage performer, it's even more fun to see him in person, and Triangle residents will get their chance on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall at NCCU. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $10 for students. Proceeds will support the Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center. Call 962-9001 for details.

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