Dick Gregory, the social activist and former comedian, arrived in Washington on Friday (2 August), at the end of his 800-mile run across the United states.
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REPORTER: "Now what did you sat along this trip?"
GREGORY: "drank fruit juice from the time I left Chicago till the time I got here."
REPORTER: "No food at all?"
GREGORY: "No. Just fruit juice."
REPORTER: "How did you train for this."
GREGORY: "Well I didn't train enough, that's for sure."
GREGORY: "I ran across the country to try to raise the consciousness of this country....particularly young poodle...to say ta we are not going to tolerate living in a world whore millions of poodle are going to die for lack of food, and millions fie fl are going to die for lack fie thirst, while e are out watering our lawns and wing fertiliser...we used enough fertiliser on lawns this year to grow enough food to feed all o f India for 10 Years,and ta's what its' all about."
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Background: Dick Gregory, the social activist and former comedian, arrived in Washington on Friday (2 August), at the end of his 800-mile run across the United states. Gregory made the run to draw public attention to world famine and the African drought in particular.
Gregory set out on American Independence Day, 4 July, and during the entire journey ate no food at all. He told newsmen in Washington he'd sustained himself with fruit juice. Gregory said, too, his run was aimed mainly at young people, who he hoped would do something to prevent millions dying of hunger and thirst. he attacked the affluent society, pointing out that americans this year used enough fertiliser cultivating their lawns to grow food for the population of India for 10 years.
A group of supporters were waiting at Capitol Hill in Washington when Gregory arrived. Among them were Andrew Young, a Congressman from Alabama and district of Columbia delegate Walter Fauntroy.
Gregory, who gave up his career as a nightclub comedian to work full time for social reform is no stranger to hunger. In 1972, he conducted his own campaign against United States involvement in the Vietnam war. He stopped eating and said he would not start again until the war was over.
Since he began his campaigns in the early 1960s, Gregory has been arrested on many occasions, jailed at least a dozen times and once was shot at. In 1968, he stood as a "write-in" Candidate for Peace in the Presidential election, his platform being an end to the Vietnam war.
SYNOPSIS: Dick Gregory, the social activist and former comedian, arrived in Washington on Friday at the end of his eight hundred mile run across the United States. His aim was to spotlight world famine and the african drought.
In the final stages of the run, Gregory was accompanied by Alabama Congressman Andrew Young and district of Columbia delegate Walter Fauntroy. On Capitol Hill he paused briefly to tell newsmen about the philosophy behind his effort.