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Dick Gregory was honored last fall as the first member of the Carbondale's Varsity Center for the Arts (VCA) Hall of Fame for his life achievements and for his role in integrating the Varsity Theater as a college student at SIU in the 1950s. Prior to Gregory's protest, the Varsity's African-American patrons were required to sit in the theater's balcony and were not allowed in main floor seating reserved for white customers.
Also on InFocus, Tichenor and SIUC undergraduate History student Lauren Preston, talk with Gregory about how his social activism developed during his student days in Carbondale.
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