We just learned that 100 year-old Chinese American activist Grace Lee Boggs passed away this morning.
“She left this life as she lived it: surrounded by books, politics, people and ideas,” said her friends and caretakers Shay Howell and Alice Jennings, Democracy Now! reports.
Boggs has been involved in many social movements, including the civil rights, Black Power, labor, environmental justice and feminist movements. She co-founded the Detroit Summer youth program. She was married to late African American activist James Boggs.
Grace Lee Boggs held her own as an activist involved in many social justice movements for 70 years.
Grace Lee Boggs was also a writer and philosopher. At age 95, she published The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, her fifth book, co-written by Scott Kurashige.
Grace Lee Boggs was active in her chosen local community of Detroit, Michigan. Boggs was born in Providence, Rhode Island, above her father’s restaurant, in 1915.
Grace Lee Boggs engaged with the youth.
Rest in Power, Grace Lee Boggs.
Boggs is the subject of filmmaker Grace Lee’s documentary, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, which looks at the philosopher, writer and activist’s life. The documentary has received numerous accolades, including a 2015 Peabody Award. The film is, in part, funded by CAAM.
In 2014, CAAM screened the film at CAAMFest. Grace Lee Boggs flew out to San Francisco and attended the packed screening at the Castro Theatre.
GIFs created by Ines Chan from American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.