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Here’s what Grace Lee taught us all

Rest in power, Grace Lee Boggs.

After giving the world 100 years of wisdom and power, the incredible human rights activist Grace Lee Boggs passed away today in Detroit.

Known for her strength and charisma, Boggs spent her life standing up for what is right. An avid supporter of the feminist, Black Power, labor, and environmental movements, Boggs was challenging the status quo for the last seven decades.

President Barack Obama released a statement earlier expressing his sadness at her passing. “Her ideas challenged us all to lead meaningful lives,” he said.

Boggs was born to Chinese immigrants in Rhode Island. After graduate school, she struggled as both a woman and minority to find employment. This struggle was the impetus for her activism.

On top of being an inspiration, Boggs was an author and community organization founder. She, alongside her husband, founded several Detroit-based organizations aiming to strengthen the community. Among these include the Gardening Angels and Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice.

Grace Lee Boggs was – and always will be – an inspiration and a teacher to us all.

Here’s what Grace Lee taught the world.

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Alice Jennings and Shay Howell said in a statement released Monday, October 5th: “She left this life as she lived it: surrounded by books, politics, people, and ideas.”

Rest in power, Grace Lee Boggs.