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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816629552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816629558
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By jhuettne@iupui.edu on April 11, 1998
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For anyone who has ever wanted to work for social change, this life story by a wise and vital woman is a guidebook. As the book's cover tells us, "Grace Lee Boggs is a first-generation Chinese American who has been a speaker, writer, and movement activist in the African- American community for fifty-five years." After earning her Ph.D. in philosophy at Bryn Mawr in June of 1940, Grace wanted to become an activist. She moved to Chicago in the fall of 1940 and began working with the South Side Tenants Organization--a group that had been set up by the Workers Party.

When distinguished "labor leader A. Phillip Randolph issued a call for blacks all over the country to march on Washington to demand jobs in the defense plants," more and more people began attending the Workers Party discussions in Chicago's Washington Park. Grace had been invited to participate in those discussions. She said, "The more I went out in the community and met people, the more inadequate I was beginning to feel." When Randolph's leadership of the March on Washington movement was successful and President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802, Grace realized "the power that the black community has within itself to change this country when it begins to move. As a result, I decided that what I wanted to do with the rest of my life was to become a movement activist in the black community." To Grace, "Joining the Workers Party seemed a good way to start," and that's what she did, in order to get the political education she felt she needed.

In the 1950s, Grace moved to Detroit where she worked on the Socialist Workers Party newsletter and met Jimmy Boggs, "A rank-and-file black Chrysler-Jefferson worker and community activist.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1999
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I was impressed to find this book at my public library. It is an important remembrance of some of the movements that were occurring during the 1940's through the 1990's. Lots of acronyms! Some of the history of the splits in the Party got tedious.
It was interesting to read about some of the options people had besides the Panthers, to hear the view of taking responsibilty, not only blaming the man for the situation. And to reaffirm the idea that a great shift in society needs to occur before we can have true equality.
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on December 20, 2013
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It's an amazing story of an amazing person searching for the meaning of life.
To the author, a philosopher by training, the meaning of life is not an abstract
subject for intellectual debates. Life's meaning lies in doing things to make
other peoples' lives better and have meaning. As a fellow Asian American woman,
I find a role model in her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Billie Avilla on August 25, 2014
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Grace Lee Boggs is still alive , in her 90's, an amazing ICON , for the GOOD OF THE PEOPLE, has done SO much for ALL in our beloved America, to help bring bout CHANGES FOR THE WELL BEING of our under-privileged via NONVIOLENCE & a superb enlightenment she shares with us ALL, in this exceptionally inspiring work, I LOVE Her, for her Compassion, & her CARING; this book is a TREASuRE, just as she herself is; WHAT VISION & WHAT INSIGHT, WHAT LOVE FOR HUMANITY; her Capacity for these attributes, is ENDLESS!!!!!!
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A really impressive account. For those who might be interested in 1960s Black Civil Rights and Labor History - Feminist Leadership - Chinese Asian American - Detroit and Michigan
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