Social Activist Grace Lee Boggs on Shaking Up the Status Quo in America
June 15, 2007
“The struggle we’re dealing with these days, which, I think, is part of what the ’60s represented, is how do we define our humanity?” — Grace Lee Boggs
About Grace Lee Boggs
At 91, Grace Lee Boggs has been a part of almost every major movement in the United States in the last 75 years, including: Labor, Civil Rights, Black Power, Women’s Rights and Environmental Justice.
Born in 1915 to Chinese immigrant parents, Boggs received her BA from Barnard College in 1935 and her PhD in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in 1940. In the 1950′s she worked with West Indian Marxist C.L.R. James, before marrying African-American activist, James Boggs, and moving to Detroit in 1953, where she’s lived for 54 years.
One of her earliest inspirations was A. Philip Randolph.