By Roadtrip Nation

Grace Lee Boggs


My road in life has been direct.
Studied European philosophy; got her Ph.D. in 1940, the year France fell to the Nazis: "all of a sudden, there was Europe in chaos."
Knew after school, she was going to have a tough time finding a job as an Asian-American woman, even with her Ph.D.
Didn't grow up politically minded, didn't consider herself a radical, but she always knew "there were things that needed to change."
First inspired after the March on Washington Movement successfully forced passage of Executive Order 8802, ending discrimination in defense industry.
After seeing "what a movement could do," knew she wanted to become an activist in the black movement.
Moved to Detroit, once the epicenter of industrialization, to try to find solutions in the aftermath of the "exodus of the corporations."
Mayor wanted to replace auto industry with casino industry, but she successfully fought against it, recognized that economy as "exploitative."
Says that while "successful" is not a word she'd use to describe her life, it has been meaningful-"and isn't that what we all want?"
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Social Activist / Writer / Founder

I'm an author, social activist, philosopher and feminist, focusing on struggles in the African American community.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief


Challenges I Overcame


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Chicago - Orlando

Chicago - Orlando

In Chicago, the Central route team interviews Charna Halpern, founder of Improv Olympic. The Northern route team heads to Detroit to interview Grace Lee Bogs, movement activist and writer. The Southern route team continues their journey in Florida to interview Mary Spio, satellite engineer turned magazine founder.