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Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory joined Martin Luther King III and other Southern Christian Leadership Conference officials to be tested for prostate cancer, part of a conference program aimed at encouraging black men to follow suit.

"We cannot sit back and let our community die," said King, national conference president, as he led the group inside a Tuscaloosa hospital for testing Thursday. "Too many African-American men have died from prostate cancer because they are too afraid to take the examination."

King, the son of Martin Luther King Jr., announced the development of the Rev. John Nettles Prostate Cancer Information Service earlier this month at Nettles' funeral. Nettles, president of the Alabama conference and first vice president of the national organization, died Dec. 11 of prostate cancer at age 56.

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