Sept. 10th: Jane Addams Birthday Conversation on Peace & Justice with Grace Lee Boggs

“Love and {r}evolution”

Thursday, September 10, 2009
5:30 PM

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Residents’ Dining Hall
800 South Halsted
Chicago, IL  60607

Call 312.413.5353 to RSVP.

Co-sponsored by The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council and the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Asian American Leadership Council

Join us in celebrating the birthdays of Jane Addams and our Special Keynote Speaker Grace Lee Boggs. Grace 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 will be our Keynote Speaker for the annual Jane Addams Birthday Conversation on Peace and Justice.  Her talk is entitled “Love and {r}evolution.” In addition to celebrating and honoring the birthday of Jane Addams, we are also celebrating Grace’s 94th birthday and her tremendous commitment to social justice and making our world a more just and democratic one.

Born in Providence, R.I. of Chinese immigrant parents in 1915, Grace received her B.A. from Barnard College in 1935 and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in 1940.  In the 1940s and 1950s, she worked with West Indian Marxist historian C.L.R. James and in 1953 came to Detroit where she married James Boggs, an 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 1993. Their book, Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century, was published by Monthly Review Press in 1974.

In 1992, with James Boggs, Shea Howell and others, she founded DETROIT SUMMER, a multicultural, inter-generational youth program to rebuild, redefine, and re-spirit Detroit from the ground up, which completed its 14th season in the summer of 2006. Currently, she works with the Detroit City of Hope campaign and the Beloved Communities Initiative and writes for the weekly Michigan Citizen.

Her autobiography, Living for Change, published by the University of Minnesota Press in March 1998, is widely used in university classes in Asian American studies, on Detroit, and on social movements.  She has been the recipient of many local, national, and international awards and recognitions.  A plaque in her honor is displayed at the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

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