Grace Lee Boggs died last Sunday. She was/is an inspiration to everyone who believes we can create a better world. There is a film, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY – The evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, that was shown at last year’s film festival. The film followed her as she walked through a desolate section of Detroit and said, “I feel sorry for people who don’t live in Detroit!” She spoke about the rebirth of Detroit. She walked a little further to a section with burned out factories and she turned to the camera and said, “This is how giants fall!” Here optimism in the face of adversity has been an inspiration to me.
Here is a beautiful tribute from yes! magazine followed by a Postcript from the New Yorker. This was an extraordinary woman, similar to our own Ah Quan McElrath. We are all fortunate that these teachers have forged the path for us.
Remembering Grace Lee Boggs and the Revolution She Inspired in Us
YES! has put together a tribute page to honor Grace Lee Boggs and the lives she touched while she was with us. Share your own thoughts with #RememberingGrace.
YES!Staff, YES! Magazine, Oct. 8, 2015
Editor’s note: We at YES! were saddened to learn that our dear friend and long-time collaborator Grace Lee Boggs passed away on Monday. Here, we offer some remembrances, both from our staff as well as from others who knew and loved her. We invite you share your own thoughts in the comment section below, or on social media with #RememberingGrace.
Postscript: Grace Lee Boggs
Thomas J. Sugrue, The New Yorker, Oct. 8, 2015
“For most of her remarkable one hundred years, Grace Lee Boggs saw herself as a revolutionary, and her adopted home town of Detroit as the Midwestern front of that revolution. Despite the frustrations of living in a counterrevolutionary time, and in a city that suffered a lot of setbacks and precious few victories, she never lost her optimism about the possibility of change, even as she began to drop the “r” from revolution.”
Grace Lee Boggs, Human Rights Advocate for 7 Decades, Dies at 100
Robert D. McFadden, The New York Times, Oct. 5, 2015