This unsigned editorial is the opinion of the Nubian Message’s editorial board, and is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief. 


Dick Gregory dropped jewels Monday night and some of y’all were sleep.

Some of y’all were so distracted by his “naughty” language that you not only ignored the significance of his message, but also disrespected a Civil Right’s legend, and more than that, an 81-year-old man.

During the Q&A portion of Monday night’s event, some students lashed out at Gregory for his comedic take on real issues in the Black community.

Often times our elders attempt to teach us the same values and lessons as Gregory did on Monday night, but we ignore them because of their delivery. Gregory delivered his message in a way that entertained and drew us in to listen, yet people still complained.

There is an African proverb that says, “A child among elders converses with its ears.” As scholars, we are taught to challenge others’ ideas and develop our own opinions. This however, does not mean that we should be ill-mannered.

Gregory has been arrested, marched, and risked his life so that we may have the chance to attend a school like North Carolina State University. The least we could’ve done was show him respect.

If you want to learn about the intricacies of the Movement and read a regurgitated biography of Dr. King, D.H. Hill is open seven days a week.

Gregory’s presence on stage Monday was a commemoration in itself.

Thank you, Dr. King.