Last month we all were alerted with the unfortunate passing of Dick Gregory. Gregory was 84 years old and lived his life to be remembered. It has been recently revealed that the legendary comedian will be laid to rest in Washington, DC on Sept. 17th. Before his funeral his family has planned an elaborate send off to a man that inspired and enlighten a generation.
Here’s the proposed home-going schedule that will celebrate Gregory’s life and honor his contributions to civil rights, according to the Chicago Crusader:
Thursday, Sept. 14, a limited, private viewing of Gregory will be held on the Howard University campus in Washington, D.C. The time of the event has not been determined.
Friday, Sept. 15, Gregory will lie in repose at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial that sits on the Tidal Basin just off the National Mall from 8 p.m. to midnight. Surviving members of King’s family and Gregory’s family will lead a wreath-laying ceremony. During his lifetime, Gregory was a close friend of the slain Civil Rights leader.
Saturday, Sept. 16, a New Orleans-style funeral march will head down the U Street Corridor/Black Broadway.
Gregory’s funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in the nation’s capital. After the funeral, a reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. on the rooftop terrace.