Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs

Social Activist / Writer / Founder


Boggs Center

Detroit, MI USA


In order to change society, we have to transform ourselves.

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Milestones

Milestones

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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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Philosophy
Barnard College
doctorate
Doctorate
Philosophy
Bryn Mawr College
Career

Career

Social Activist / Writer / Founder

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

Career Roadmap

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

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Other
Other

In those days people would come right out and say 'we don't hire orientals.'