Dick Gregory – Nigger

Dr Shawn Naphtali Sobers' blog -------- thoughts, images and things.

In 1993 when I started my degree in Newport, I visited the university library to find some interesting books. This one caught my eye straight away. Seeing the title, I couldn’t believe it even existed, let alone be in my university library. Shock and awe is an understatement. I took out the book and must have renewed it about ten times.

A few weeks later I visited Bristol and went to a Black Writers meeting for the first time, run by Bertel Martin (the first time I met him and Edson Burton) at Kuumba Centre. I went for a drink with them and some of the others after the meeting in The Bank, (Stokes Croft), and I remember talking manically about this book like someone possessed. I guess I was possessed, as it was the first time I had read a book like that. It inspired me in more ways…

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