GRACE LEE BOGGS Biography - Activists, Revolutionaries and other freedom fighters


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Grace Lee Boggs is an activist, writer and speaker whose more         
than sixty years of political involvement encompass the major         
U.S. social movements of this century: Labor, Civil rights,           
Black Power, Asian American, Women's and Environmental                 
Born in Providence, R.I. of Chinese immigrant parents in               
l915, Grace received her B.A. from Barnard College in l935             
and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in l940.           
In the l940s and l950s she worked with West Indian Marxist             
historian C.L.R.James and in l953 she came to Detroit where           
she married James Boggs, African American labor activist,             
writer and strategist. Working together in grassroots groups           
and projects, they were partners for over 40 years until James         
death in July l993. Their book, Revolution and Evolution in           
the Twentieth Century, was published by Monthly Review                 
Press in l974.                                                         
In 1992, with James Boggs, Shea Howell and others, she founded         
DETROIT SUMMER, a multicultural, intergenerational youth program       
to rebuild, redefine and respirit Detroit from the ground up, which   
completed its 14th season in the summer of 2006. Currently she works   
with the Detroit City of Hope campaign and the  Beloved Communities   
Initiative and writes for the weekly Michigan Citizen.