The author and comedian remembers attending the 1963 March on Washington, and feeling a movement converge.
Guernica: Your own work in theater and comedy is often so political—do you think your involvement in the civil rights movement influenced your interest in using entertainment to help bring about social change?
Lewis Black: Not at all, as I have never thought of my entertainment as being able to bring about social change. I am seriously always looking for the laugh. What it did make me conscious of was having empathy for those without any power in this country. That has always stuck with me.