Detroit Historical society * Grace Lee Boggs

This epsiode of Detroit History Heroes is all about Grace Lee Boggs – a feminsit, author, activist and, of course, a Detroiter.
Learn more about how her life dedicated to activism evolved – from protesting rat infested housing in Chicago, to helping organize Detroit’s 1963 March for Freedom with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and helping create community-based projects in Detroit.
Most importantly, learn how her life can give us an important lesson – how change can start in a small, but meaninful way. Watch now!

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Jimmy Boggs From the NY Times Op.ed,

From the NY Times Op.ed,
“To put a final point of emphasis on the potential of the moment, I’ll leave you with this. In a 1963 pamphlet called “The American Revolution: Pages from a Negro Worker’s Notebook,” the activist and laborer James Boggs argued for the revolutionary potential of the black struggle for civil rights. “The strength of the Negro cause and its power to shake up the social structure of the nation,” Boggs wrote, “comes from the fact that in the Negro struggle all the questions of human rights and human relationships are posed.” That is because it is a struggle for equality “in production, in consumption, in the community, in the courts, in the schools, in the universities, in transportation, in social activity, in government, and indeed in every sphere of American life.”

The American Revolution: Pages from a Black Workers Notebook 

Blue cover with a black eagle silhouette and the title printed over it. Handwritten note on bottom with subtitle.
James Boggs’ 1963 book with these new introductions:
* “Thinking and Acting Dialectically” by Grace Lee Boggs
* “Nobody Knows Better than Me” by Sharon (Shea) Howell
* “The Power of Ideas” by Carl Edwards
* “We are all ‘Works in Progress'” by Larry Sparks
* “Call to Detroit Summer” by Julia Pointer-Putnam
* “‘The Outsiders’ Practicing Transformation” by Jeanette Lee
* “The Next American Revolution” by Rich FeldmanAuthor: James Boggs
Price: $12.00 (+ $4.25 shipping)



Grace’s autobiography free for all to read

Boggs family, please take note:
The University of Minnesota Press has made Grace’s autobiography free for all to read through August 31, 2020, as part of the “Reading for Racial Justice” series.
Clink on the link to start reading and please pass the word to others.

Living for Change

An Autobiography

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Grace Lee Boggs

Contributors: Robin D. G. Kelley

No one can tell in advance what form a movement will take. Grace Lee Boggs’s fascinating autobiography traces the story of a woman who transcended class and racial boundaries to pursue her passionate belief in a better society. Now with a new foreword by Robin D. G. Kelley, Living for Change is a sweeping account of a legendary human rights activist whose network included Malcolm X and C. L. R. James. From the end of the 1930s, through the Cold War, the Civil Rights era, and the rise of the Black Panthers to later efforts to rebuild crumbling urban communities, Living for Change is an exhilarating look at a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to social justice.