Grace Lee Boggs: Detroit’s Great American Revolutionary

Grace Lee Boggs: Detroit’s Great American Revolutionary
July 24, 2014 paperlesslion
Grace Lee Boggs of Detroit

Grace Lee Boggs of Detroit

One Detroiter every American should know and understand is Grace Lee Boggs. Discover her remarkable story on American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs – an Independent Lens/POV documentary broadcast on Detroit Public Television/Ch. 56 and across PBS nationally.

A singular woman whose work represents an important part of American history, Detroit’s Grace Lee Boggs, 99, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights, Black Power, women’s and environmental justice movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs is the Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. If you missed the broadcast, you can catch it online through July 30. Click here.

In the documentary, Ms. Boggs relates the importance of conversation in the pursuit and development of new insight, as well as for understanding between. Among her many memorable quotations is: “Don’t wait for the messiah. We are the leaders we have been waiting for.”

PBS’ Bill Moyers has followed Boggs for decades.  One of his interviews with her is part of the doc.  We asked Moyers for his insights on Grace Lee Boggs.

Bill Moyers offers:

 “A documentary on the remarkable life and career of Grace Lee Boggs is way past due. She remains a buoyant believer in grassroots democracy and in the last century has been a part of almost every major movement in the United States.”

 “Over her long life, she has tried one radical idea after another, embracing some, discarding others, fashioning new ones of her own in her passion for a more humane and egalitarian America. Throughout, she has remained loyal to Detroit, living there while working to rebuild and re-inspire the city that has been the focus of so much of her commitment to community and democracy.”

Here is a look at the trailer from the program:

Enjoy this important program from Independent Lens and ITVS and, please, share this note with the revolutionaries in your life.


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