A Lunch Conversation with Grace Lee Boggs
Friday, November 10, 12pm Lunch Conversation, FREE
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted St.
Residents’ Dining Hall
Seating is limited. Reservations required. Call 312.422.5580 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please notify us at the time of reservation if any special accommodations for the event are needed.
Grace Lee Boggs is an activist, writer and speaker whose more than sixty years of political involvement encompass the major U.S. social movements of this century: Labor, Civil Rights, Black Power, Asian American, Women’s and Environmental Justice.
Grace received her B.A. from Barnard College in l935, where she was one of three Asians (or people of any color) on campus. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in l940.
In the l940s and l950s she worked with West Indian Marxist historian and Pan-Africa activist C.L.R. James while he toured in Chicago for the Workers Party. In l953 she came to Detroit where she married James Boggs, African American labor activist, writer and strategist. Working together in grassroots groups and projects, they were partners for over 40 years until James’ death in July l993.
In 1992, with James Boggs, Shea Howell and others, she founded DETROIT SUMMER, a multicultural, intergenerational youth program to rebuild, redefine and respirit Detroit from the ground up, which completed its twelfth season in the summer of 2003. Currently she is active in Detroit Summer and with the Freedom Schoolers, and writes for the weekly Michigan Citizen. Her autobiography, Living for Change, published by the University of Minnesota Press in March l998, now in its second printing, is widely used in university classes on social movements and autobiography writing.