(SBN) — Tributes continue to pour in for comedian and civil rights leader Dick Gregory. Gregory passed away Saturday at the age of 84. Celebrities, politicians and the public have been using social media to remember the icon who unsuccessfully ran for President in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party.
The wife of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders Tweeted how Gregory and her husband once spent the night in jail after protesting segregation, and singer John Legend is among the celebrities honoring Gregory.
— Jane O'Meara Sanders (@janeosanders) August 20, 2017
Dick Gregory lived an amazing, revolutionary life. A groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice. RIP
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 20, 2017
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) August 20, 2017
Because many of you probably only knew Dick Gregory as an older man, I wanted to show you these young images.
Rest in power good sir. pic.twitter.com/ZayInokcaJ
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 20, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 20, 2017
— jesse Williams. (@iJesseWilliams) August 20, 2017
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) August 20, 2017
— WS (@wesleysnipes) August 20, 2017
Dick Gregory was such a powerful opponent against systematic racism, J. Edgar Hoover once ordered the FBI to use the mafia to murder him pic.twitter.com/wgC23z9mJp
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) August 20, 2017
— ESSENCE (@Essence) August 20, 2017
— Natl Urban League (@NatUrbanLeague) August 20, 2017