Power Spotlight: Dick Gregory

•July 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Dick Gregory was on the frontline in the sixties during the Civil Rights Era; today he continues to be a “drum major for justice and equality.”
Dick Gregory was on the frontline in the sixties during the Civil Rights Era

Dick Gregory was on the frontline in the sixties during the Civil Rights Era

 Gregory, Richard Claxton ‘Dick’ (Born, October 12, 1932, St. Louis, Mo.), African American comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians since he first performed in public. Dick Gregory entered the national comedy scene in 1961 when Chicago’s Playboy Club (as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner) booked him as a replacement for white comedian, ‘Professor’ Irwin Corey.

Gregory’s activism continued into the 1990s. In response to published allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) 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.

In 1973, the year he released his comedy album Caught in the Act, Gregory moved with his family to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he developed an interest in vegetarianism and became a nutritional consultant. In 1984 he founded Health Enterprises, Inc., a company that distributed weight loss products. In 1987 Gregory introduced the Slim-Safe Bahamian Diet, a powdered diet mix, which was immensely profitable.

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Power Spotlight: PowerNomics by Dr. Claud Anderson

•July 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Dr. Claud Anderson, is president of PowerNomics Corporation of America, a corporation that is involved in major business development, primarily in inner cities, across the country.  The word PowerNomics® represents a social-political-economic package of principles and strategies developed by Dr. Anderson to help make Black America a more self-sufficient and competitive group.  His latest book, PowerNomics®: The National Plan to Empower Black America sets forth a five year national plan in education, economics, politics and outlines a new role for Black religious organizations.  His ideas have begun to ignite a national movement of reform among blacks.

Dr. Claud Anderson

Dr. Claud Anderson

Dr. Anderson has drawn the nation’s attention to the advantages of redeveloping and industrializing black communities.  Dr. Anderson has begun a seafood factory project aimed at urban locations in the United States. 

    Widely recognized as one of America’s most influential intellectuals and authors, Dr. Anderson has popularized Black history.  His book, Black Labor, White Wealth: A Search for Power and Economic Justice, is the foundation for the solutions, principles, activities proposed in PowerNomics®: The National Plan.

Dr. Anderson has a broad and varied base of experiences spanning education, business, federal and state politics and successful social reform.  During integration, he served as State Coordinator of Education for Governor Reubin Askew of Florida.  While serving in that capacity, he founded the State Action Council, a coalition of black leaders for political action in Florida.  Dr. Anderson, appointed by former president Jimmy Carter, served as Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Commerce where he headed the Coastal Plains Regional Commission and funded and directed economic development activities for governors in the Southeastern states.  He was executive director of two economic development corporations for the city of Miami, Florida.  As special assistant to the 1988 Democratic Convention, he awarded 37% of the contracts to blacks, a record that has not been reached or broken.

    Dr. Anderson’s books are widely read throughout the United States, particularly by African-Americans and are textbooks in many universities.  His book, Dirty Little Secrets About Black History, Its Heroes and Other Troublemakers has been rated one of the top five best selling books in black America by Essence Magazine, BET, and BlackboardBlack Labor, White Wealth, his first book released in 1994, continues to be a best seller.  His most recent book, PowerNomics®: The National Plan to Empower Black America, was released in February 2001 and was on the Detroit Free Press best seller list by March.  On the Essence Best Seller List, PowerNomics®: The National Plan has been #1 most of the summer and fall.  His other two books are also in the Essence top 10 and a number of other book lists.