Iconic Legend Dick Gregory Keynote Speaker, 10th Annual Black New England Conference

October 21-22, 2016,
Politically Incorrect: Humor, Satire and Black Consciousness,
10th Annual Black New England Conference

Huddleston Hall Ballroom, University of New Hampshire, Durham

Dick Gregory, Keynote speaker, 10th Annual Black New England Heritage ConferenceBoundary-breaking comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory will deliver the Keynote Address and will receive the PBHT (Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail) Citizen Award on Friday, October 21, 2016, at the 10th Annual Black New England Conference.

2016 Conference Schedule

Using comedy as a barometer for “what’s going on” around the country, this conference, Politically Incorrect: Humor, Satire and Black Consciousness, will explore the evolution of Black humor and offer a unique look at the bold, complex, and just plain funny ways that African American artists have used satire, laughter, hyperbole, and burlesque humor as tools for social and political analysis and reflection.

Richard Claxton Gregory aka Dick Gregory is a comedian, civil rights activist, author, recording artist, actor, philosopher and anti-drug crusader. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Gregory, 82, began his career as a comedian while serving in the military in the mid-1950s.

By 1962, Gregory had become a nationally-known headline performer, selling out nightclubs, making numerous national television appearances, and recording popular comedy albums. Gregory, whose style was detached, ironic, and satirical, gained the attention of audiences with his political and controversial stand up acts. By being both outspoken and provocative, he became a household name and opened many doors for Black entertainers.

The Black New England Conference, now in its 10th year, is a regularly occurring 2-day gathering to share insights and scholarly work on the Black experience, past and present, in New England.

Recent keynote speakers at the conferences have included columnist Derrick Jackson, actor and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, Smithsonian director John W. Franklin, playwright Lydia Diamond, author Lorene Carey, and Professors James Campbell and James O. Horton, with topical presentations by an array of professional and independent scholars, community researchers, writers, artists, and activists.

The Conference is both an academic dialogue and a celebration of Black life and history.

The Black New England Conference is presented by the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and the Center for New England Culture.

Presenter Bios

2016 Black New England conference presenters

Please call 603-318-5120 for registration information.

2016 Conference details

The Black New England Conference is sponsored by Eastern Bank, The Center for the Humanities, Engagement and Academic Outreach, Office of Community Equity and Diversity, Office of Multicultural Students Affairs, President’s Commissions on the Status of People of Color,  Portsmouth Historical Society, The Center for New England Culture  and the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail