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Dick Gregory, born Richard Claxton Gregory on October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri was a comedian, political activist and entrepreneur. He ran for United States president as a Write in candidate in various states representing the Peace and Freedom Party in the 1968 Presidential Election. Prior to this, he was a candidate in Chicago’s 1966 mayoral race in which he lost to Richard J. Daley. His decision to enter into politics was because he felt that the two-party system of Republicans and Democrats was obsolete and corrupt and was unsuccessful with helping solve the issues of Americans. Dick Gregory’s platform called for civil rights, racial and social justice and peace in Vietnam. After his unsuccessful presidential run, he wrote a book entitled Write Me In about his presidential campaign. At age 84, Dick Gregory died on August 19, 2017 of heart failure at a hospital in Washington, D.C.
The Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) was founded on June 23, 1967, and is described as being focused on socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism, and racial equality. It's main goal is for communities to maintain stability and everyone to live in peace and harmony.