On August 19, 2017, Dick Gregory, one of the biggest humanitarians, civil rights activist for social justice, health entrepreneur, and comedian, passed away.

Sara Soulati, Global Cardio Care CEO was very close to Dick Gregory. She spoke with him as often as possible, and they connected on health, on politics, on African-Americans, and about life. She shares her tribute to him right here.

Dick Gregory On EECP and Sara Soulati Health for Life Program

He made Global Cardio Care a home away from home where he received EECP therapy with Sara Soulati at his bedside. In this video he recorded three years ago, Dick Gregory shares about the importance of health and EECP. In fact, he references EECP as saving his life. He knew then he was close to losing life, and in this video he says, “You don’t know how close to death you are until someone pulls you out.”

The Real Dick Gregory

Many remarks and writings are being posted around social media this week, and this excerpt was shared with Sara Soulati from a Facebook post likely from his son Christian Gregory and family friend Mark Gallardo.

We share these remarks from Mr. Gregory as some of his final words to those of us who remain on Earth:

TheRealDickGregory: As I approach my 85th revolution around the sun this year, I wonder why has it been so difficult for humankind to be kind. So difficult to be loving and lovable. For my militant brothers and sisters, please don’t misconstrue loving and lovable to be weak or submissive. Love will always be triumphant over hate. I know I will not be here forever, nor do I desire to be. I have seen progress like most cannot appreciate because they were not there to bear witness. I dedicated my life to the movement. By doing so, I never thought I’d still be here. So many of my friends are not here. They were cut down by a system of hatred and evil. If they were here, they’d see the progress that I see. The reality is far from perfect, but profoundly better than what daily reality was for my generation.

Young folks, if you are wise you would talk less and spend more time listening to the elders who saw evil up front and personal every day. #howlong I’ve been asking this question for over 40 years! How long before we realize our Universal God given potential? We have made immeasurable progress that cannot be debated.

That said, we still have a long way to go. I have no desire to see this all the way through, the dreams I dreamed about 60 years ago have definitely been realized. To the young folks of all ethnicity, I say #staywoke not as a catchphrase but as a lifestyle. Most of the things that are killing us are in our minds and daily routines. The way we think, the food we eat and the water we drink or so often don’t drink. While so many go out and protest the small evils, the big evils are ever present and welcomed into our homes. From the top to bottom of my heart I say #staywoke.

Love you to life,

Dick Gregory