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Living for Change: An Autobiography


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ISBN13: 9780816629558
ISBN10: 0816629552
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"More than a deeply moving memoir, this is a book of revelation. Grace Lee Boggs, Chinese American, middle class, highly educated, discovers through her encounters with remarkable rebels, blue collars as well as philosophers, where the body is buried: who is doing what to whom in our society. It is an adventure that is truly liberating". Studs Terkel<P>"Grace Lee Boggs has made a fundamental difference in keeping alive the traditions of the struggles for freedom and democracy". Cornel West<P>Living for Change is a sweeping account of the life of an untraditional radical from the end of the thirties, through the cold war, the civil rights era, and the rise of Black Power, the Nation of Islam, and the Black Panthers to the present efforts to rebuild our crumbling urban communities. This fascinating autobiography traces the story of a woman who transcended class and racial boundaries to pursue her passionate belief in a better society.<P>Grace Lee Boggs was raised in New York City during a time when her father was not allowed to buy land for their home because he was Chinese. Educated at Barnard and Bryn Mawr, Boggs was in her twenties when radical politics beckoned, and she was inspired to become a revolutionary focusing on the black community.<P>During her early years as an activist in New York, Boggs began a twenty-year friendship and collaboration with C. L. R. James, the brilliant and influential West Indian Marxist to whom she devotes a revelatory chapter of this book. In 1953, she moved to Detroit where, she writes, "radical history had been made and could be made again". It was also the home of James Boggs, an African American auto worker (and later author and revolutionarytheoretician) who would become one of the movement's freshest and most persuasive voices, as well as Grace's husband. Beginning with their work together on the newsletter Correspondence, Grace and James formed the core of a network that over the years would include Malcolm X, Lyma


Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-289) and index.

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artist for evolution, April 14, 2011 (view all comments by artist for evolution)
Not having read the book, yet having heard Grace Lee Boggs on Democracy Now! this morning, April 14, 2011 (you can view this interview online): With a viewpoint higher and truer than the current, second-round, U.S. Budget argument, Grace's hopeful message gives hope to our future, as a challenge for enlivening individuals and communities by constructing work "beyond jobs" and by caring for each other. I have to listen tomorrow to DN! to verify that this is the book Grace was discussing on DN! today. If so, I will be most thrilled to read it. If not, I will be thrilled to read it, anyway! Grace's experience of consciously participating in and watching Detroit transform from an industrial to a more personally responsible and creative community is most heartening!
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Product Details

Davis, Ossie
Davis, Ossie
Boggs, Grace Lee
University of Minnesota Press
Minneapolis :
Chinese americans
Political activists
Detroit (mich.)
Chinese American women
Detroit (Mich.) Biography.
Chinese Americans -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Biography.
Boggs, Grace Lee
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
FPL 191
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30 black-and-white photos
9.00 x 5.88 in

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