Detroit celebrates 100th birthday of human rights activist Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Lee Boggs might not be the first name that pops into your head when you think of the civil rights movement. And the daughter of Chinese immigrants, born in Rhode Island and raised in New York City, might seem an unlikely candidate for a leading activist in Detroit’s African American community. But for decades, she has been a social justice icon in the city.
From her involvement in the Black Power movement in the 1960’s to her role helping to boost urban gardening, Boggs has dedicated her life to community building in Detroit.
Grace Lee Boggs will turn 100 this Saturday, and is being honored at celebrations throughout the city.