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Grace Lee on Grace Lee Boggs

“You cannot change society unless you take responsibility for it.”

Okay, so— here’s a woman WAY ahead of her time. Activist/philosopher Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese-American woman who grew up in Queens, born to immigrant parents, dedicated her prodigious intellect and great heart to the causes of civil rights for African-Americans in Detroit. How’d she get there, this young girl out on her own, invisible because of racism, poverty and gender? Listen to filmmaker Grace Lee tell the fascinating — and relevant— story of a woman who made a difference.

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Grace Lee

Grace Lee is an independent director, writer and producer based in Los Angeles. Her credits include American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Janeane from Des Moines, Makers: Women in Politics and others.

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Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs spent much of her life advocating for civil rights and labor rights. She became such a noted figure in Detroit’s Black Power movement that people assumed she must be partially black. She died in 2015 at the age of 100; her legacy still inspires and challenges people to think about their own activism.