Philosopher, writer and activist Grace Lee Boggs passed away this morning at the age of 100. Rooted in 75 years of the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she continually challenged a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.
In her book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, she wrote:
“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.”
In honor of her incredible life and work, POV is streaming Grace Lee’s American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, which chronicles Bogg’s involvement with every major social movement of the past seven decades.