We’re thrilled to announce that American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, which had its national broadcast premiere on POV in 2014, has won a Peabody Award. Congratulations to director Grace Lee and her team!
American Revolutionary looked at the life of Grace Lee Boggs, 99, a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted in 75 years of the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she continues to challenge a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.
“Winning such a prestigious award means Grace Lee Boggs’ extraordinary vision and story will reach even wider audiences,” said Grace Lee. “We are so pleased to receive this honor and couldn’t have done it without the ongoing support of POV.”
The film is in excellent company, with United States of Secrets, American Experience’s Freedom Summer, Independent Lens’ Brakeless on PBS; WNYC’s Chris Christie; NPR’s Latino USA and Reporting from the Frontlines: The Ebola Outbreak; Netflix’s Virunga; and the podcast that swept the nation, Serial. See all 40 winners here: http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/74th-annual-peabody-award-winners.
The Peabodys will take place on Sunday, May 31, at their first-ever nighttime, red-carpet ceremony. Fred Armisen, a Peabody winner for his work on Saturday Night Live and his series Portlandia, is set to host the gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Pivot, Participant Media’s TV network, will premiere The 74th Annual Peabody Awards on Pivot, a 90-minute special on Sunday, June 21 at 9pm ET/8pm CT. Mark your calendars!
American Revolutionary is now streaming on POV through May 24, 2015.