Inspirations Behind Complex Movements: Grace Lee Boggs Apr 14, 2015

by Erin

“We urgently need to bring to our communities the limitless capacity to love, serve, and create for and with each other. We urgently need to bring the neighbor back into our hoods, not only in our inner cities but also in our suburbs, our gated communities, on Main Street and Wall Street, and on Ivy League campuses.” – Grace Lee Boggs

Author, social activist, philosopher, and feminist (among other things) Grace Lee Boggs is a major inspiration and mentor for the Complex Movements team and the Beware of the Dandelions project. Boggs has been a prominent activist her entire life, beginning with philosophical studies and work in the Workers Party before moving to Detroit in 1953, where she thereafter focused her political/social efforts. Boggs strongly believes that change originates in small groups rather than huge revolutions where power merely changes hands. 

In 1992, she and her late husband James Boggs founded Detroit Summer, a community movement bringing together people of all races, cultures, and ages to rebuild Detroit. 

Learn more about Boggs, her life and work here. 
Learn more about American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a documentary film made about Boggs' life.