In My Experience: Grace Lee Boggs on Activism at 95

Monday, April 18, 2011

We’re kicking off a new series of discussions on The Takeaway called "In My Experience." We'll be talking with older Americans who are long past retirement age, yet are nonetheless still looking to change how we live and work in this country. Philosopher and civil rights reformer Grace Lee Boggs joins us for the inaugural edition.

At 95 years old, Boggs has spent most of her life fighting social and economic injustice alongside famous activists like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Today, she is still active in the social justice movement in her adopted hometown of Detroit, Michigan — even though she’s in her tenth decade of life. She’s also the author of a new book, “The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the 21st Century.” 

Below: Video interview with Grace Lee Boggs


Grace Lee Boggs

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


Jay Cowit

Comments [3]

G. Lee from Los Angeles

For anyone interested, I am in the middle of production on a documentary about Grace Lee Boggs -- her life, work and ideas. Please check out our website at

Thank you!
Grace Lee (no relation )

Apr. 19 2011 01:26 AM
C. Kronberg

Correction!! My questions were for Dr. Grace Lee Boggs, NOT "Dr. Lee!" --Sorry, Grace!

Apr. 18 2011 03:12 PM
Carole A. Kronberg from Detroit, MI, USA

Dr. Lee, would you care to comment on the Declaration that the "Gen-We Generation" is being asked to endorse?
(Follow U-tube to .com site and Declaration) Do you agree that classism (ref. to "middle class") will inevitably be retained? If they scrap both gov/regulation and social programs, how can they get freer media and a more egalitarian society? (Note how bitter they R about older generations' failure to fix the system! They'll have clout soon! If they are as keen as they say, they'll END killing/destroying/polluting for pay! But how can they do that without the party politics they loathe? --And how will their anger impact upon the lifelines of old folks?

Apr. 18 2011 03:06 PM

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