Grace Lee Boggs was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Progress Michigan Policy Summit at Cobo Center.
Curt Guyette of the Metro Times reports on the event.
And then came Boggs, who sat in a wheelchair but seemed mentally as spry as ever. An icon of the left, she told the ballroom filled with progressive activists that lasting change has to come from the bottom up, not the top down.
The answer can’t just be throwing more money at the problem, she said. “We need to embrace the concept of citizenship.”
She pointed to the ideas and ideals prevalent in the great social movements of the 1960s as something that should inspire us all, and to the city of Detroit, both as symbol of de-industrialization and a symbol of hope, a place where community gardens and murals continue to spring up next to abandoned factories.
“We are at a turning point,” she said, adding that the crisis that besets us offers “tremendous opportunity.” At the heart of her vision of a transformed society is grass-roots activity.