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American Revolutionary

By plunging us into writer, activist, and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, and traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS takes us on a journey into the power of ideas and the necessity of expansive, imaginative thinking to propel societal change.

Director: Grace Lee
Year: 2013
Time: 82 min
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Share this film. Give others the chance to learn from its story and help keeping the memory of Grace Lee Boggs alive. For help in hosting a fundraiser or house party relating to the film, email InLoveandStruggle@gmail.com.

Learn more about the work of the James and Grace Lee Boggs School, an organization active in the Detroit area, working to nurture the spirit of learning and critical thinking. Consider giving to their mission.

Read The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, written by Grace Lee Boggs, with a foreword by Danny Glover.

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The Grace Lee Project

“When she left the Midwest, she found that her name was ridiculously common — and she kept hearing the same stories about her namesakes. Grace Lees, she discovered, were uniformly smart, nice, quiet, and accomplished.”

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Discussion Toolkit

“I hope you will find this toolkit useful in designing a screening and subsequent conversation to connect with like-minded activists and advocates with whom you might not typically cross paths.”

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Q & A With Grace Lee

“Grace Lee may be a common name, but Grace Lee the filmmaker—and the work that she’s produced over the years—is anything but common.” Continue reading here.

Why Marxism is on the Rise Again

“‘What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.’

Capitalism is in crisis across the globe – but what on earth is the alternative? Well, what about the musings of a certain 19th-century German philosopher? Yes, Karl Marx is going mainstream…”

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Small Rebellions – Interview With Grace Lee Boggs

“Some people are afraid of gentrification, but what I see is young people want to live in a different world. And they see possibilities here. They see that rents are relatively cheap compared to places like New York and California. And they see the opportunity of being pioneers and blazing new trails. And it’s very wonderful to watch it happen.”

Read the full interview here.

Evolution vs. Revolution: Do You Know the Difference?

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How Chinese Americans are Perceived by US Society

“As part of VOA’s continuing coverage of What Americans Think About China and Chinese products, series reporter Michael Lipin delves into three different aspects of the Chinese experience in America, answering some questions about the stereotypes faced by the country’s fastest-growing ethnic group.”

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Danny Glover Under Fire For Citing Israeli “Racial Oppression”

“When it was announced that AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY, a documentary on Boggs’ life and work, would be shown at the DocAviv International Documentary Film Festival in Tel Aviv, Boggs and many others who support the academic and cultural boycott of Israel — including left-wing activist and actor Danny Glover — were not pleased.”

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