The Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, located in Northeast D.C., held its Fathers Day/Menâ€™s Day with activist Dick Gregory as itâ€™s speaking guest on Sun., June 21. Photo by Victor Holt
Kester Kemp, who was honored by the Menâ€™s Ministry for his leadership, thought Gregoryâ€™s message was ideal.
â€œI always liked Mr. Gregory because to me he always tells it like it is. Iâ€™m sort of the same way. At times he is very terse, but also very sincere about what he says and he meant everything he said because he has been preaching that forever,â€ Kemp said.
When asked how he thought the congregation received Gregoryâ€™s message, Hagler said, â€œI think my congregation was enthusiastic.
â€œI thought the message was very good. One of the things it did is to help shake us out of our complacency and it challenges us to be shaken in our being enough to examine who we are and who we belong to,â€ Hagler said.
â€œI think he delivered a message well enough that it caused people to think and look at things like they never looked at before, particularly on this day when we are celebrating the menâ€™s ministry and looking at the role of men in this community.â€