American Revolutionary

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

In Context

"Our challenge, as we enter the new millennium, is to deepen the commonalities and the bonds between these tens of millions, while at the same time continuing to address the issues within our local communities by two-sided struggles that not only say 'No' to the existing power structure but also empower our constituencies to embrace the power within each of us to crease the world anew."

— Grace Lee Boggs, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century

Grace Lee Boggs is an activist, speaker and writer with a thick FBI file and a firm conviction in the power of constant and incisive reflection and dialogue. Boggs was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1915, the daughter of Chinese immigrant parents. She grew up in New York City and earned her B.A. from Barnard College and her Ph.D. in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. In 1953, she moved to Detroit, where she married James Boggs. Grace has authored six books, including her autobiography, Living for Change: An Autobiography, and, in 2011, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century. She has also earned a number of honorary doctorates and lifetime achievement awards and has a place in both the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame and the National Women's Hall of Fame. Boggs lives in Detroit and continues to be an indomitable and inspiring force as a writer, speaker and community activist.


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