Project Description

Grace Lee on Grace Lee Boggs

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.


Director: Julie Hébert
DP: Sevdije Kastrati
Editor: Anisha Acharya
Producer: Courtney Graham
Sound Recordist/Mixer: Lorita De la Cerna
Co-Producer: Jill Klein
PA: Sarah Witt

More About…

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.

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.

Photos of Grace Lee Boggs by/from Lee Lee Films Inc. and Quyen Tran