American Revolutionary

PBS Premiere: June 30, 2014Check the broadcast schedule »

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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
The film's official website provides information about the film and filmmakers, as well as the Boggs Fellows.

To enhance the broadcast, POV has produced an interactive website to enable viewers to explore the film in greater depth. POV's website for American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs -- -- offers a broad range of exclusive online content to enhance the PBS broadcast. Watch the full film online for free for a limited time following the broadcast (July 1, 2014 to July 30, 2014), watch an extended interview with filmmaker Grace Lee, learn more about the life and work of Grace Lee Boggs and download a discussion guide and other viewing resources.


The Work of Grace Lee Boggs

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Created to honor the work of James Boggs and Grace Lee Boggs, the center focuses on leadership development. Its website includes updates on Grace's work, writing from others featured in the film (including Shea Howell) and links to articles that people at the center are reading as they engage in the kind of dialectic thinking that Grace embraces.

Bill Moyers Journal: Grace Lee Boggs
The site includes transcript and video of Bill Moyers' interview with Grace Lee Boggs, as well as links to her work and the websites of related organizations.


Boggs, Grace Lee. Living for Change: An Autobiography. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.
Boggs, Grace Lee, with Scott Kurashige. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism For the 21st Century. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
Boggs, James. The American Revolution: Pages From a Negro Worker's Notebook. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1963.
Boggs, James, and Grace Lee Boggs. Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1974.
Ward, Stephen M., ed. Pages from a Black Radical's Notebook: A James Boggs Reader. Detroit: Wayne State University Press,2011.


For context for Grace Lee Boggs's work in Detroit in the 1960s, see these two speeches:


»Democracy Now!: Grace Lee Boggs on Detroit and "The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century"
In this interview from 2011, Grace Lee Boggs speaks of the possibilities she sees in Detroit and the difficulty of communicating that vision so that "someone who doesn't live in Detroit...look[s] at a vacant lot and, instead of seeing devastation, see[s] hope."
»Tavis Smiley: Writer-Activist Grace Lee Boggs
The legendary figure in the struggle for justice in America shares some of the lessons learned about activism and social change.
»Bill Moyers Journal: Grace Lee Boggs
Speaking to Bill Moyers in 2007, Grace Lee Boggs discusses her Chinese-American identity; "When I was growing up, Asians were so few and far between, as to be almost invisible. And so the idea of an Asian American movement or an Asian American thrust in this country was unthinkable."