Read Dick Gregory’s old jokes. You’ll see why they still resonate decades later. – Washington Post

Legendary comedian Dick Gregory, who maintained a busy role as an activist, died Saturday, Aug. 19. He was 84. (Reuters)

The images that have graced Dick Gregorys obituaries show the comic-turned activist with a long white beard and a weathered face, educating crowds about the killing of Trayvon Martin orpolice brutality.

But before his transformation into an activist, Gregory was a man on a stage in front of a sometimes-hostile crowd, making acerbic, insightful jokes about race, segregation and the civil rights movement that still resonate half a century later.

[Obituary: Gregory, cutting-edge satirist and uncompromising activist, dies at 84]

Gregory died Saturday at age 84. The New York Times called him a precursor to comedianssuch as Richard Pryor, who also used humor to slice through cultural hypocrisies and abject racism.

And Gregorys jokes lingered, as John Legend, who produced a one-man play on Gregorys life, told the Boston Globe:

It sounds like hes aware of whats happening now even though they were written so long ago.

People are still reflecting on some of his insightful punchlines, including:

On Jim Crow laws

On Willie Mays, the Major LeagueBaseball player who was at times a target of racism:

You know I still feel sorry for Willie. I hate to see any baseball player having trouble. Thats a great sport. That is the only sport in the world where a Negro can shake a stick at a white man and wont start no riot.

On how people learn to hate:

On America spreading its ideals throughout the world:

On the KKK:

On bad neighborhoods:

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