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Photograph by:
Harry Allen, American, born 1964  Search this
Subject of:
Dick Gregory, American, 1932 - 2017  Search this
Adelphi University, American, founded 1896  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Sheet): 10 7/8 × 13 15/16 in. (27.7 × 35.4 cm)
H x W (Image): 8 9/16 × 12 7/8 in. (21.8 × 32.7 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Garden City, Nassau County, New York, United States, North and Central America
early 1980s
A black and white photograph of Dick Gregory with students at Adelphi University.
Gregory is pictured in the center of the image, sitting in a chair amongst a group of students in a classroom. He wears a suit and is sitting sideways in the chair, turned to face a young woman standing behind the chair. His proper right elbow is resting on the back of the chair, his hand held up, fingers slightly splayed. His other hand rests between his knees. The young woman faces Gregory, her proper left hand resting on the back of the chair next to him, a bundle of papers held against her chest with proper left arm. Her face is partially obscured by her hair. A group of other students surround the two. A young man sits in the same row as Gregory, one chair away, turned to face Gregory and the camera. He wears a zippered jacket with stripes down the shoulders and sleeves and holds a bundled coat in his arms. The other students stand, most either wearing or holding coats, their attention on Gregory. In the background, other rows of chairs are visible and a few other students. On the verso is an adhesive label with the logo and [Title: Dick Gregory Raps with Students / Photographer: Harry Allen] printed in black text.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Education  Search this
Gesture  Search this
Hip-hop (Music)  Search this
Photography  Search this
Youth  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Harry Allen
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Collection title:
Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photography Collection
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture