American Revolutionary

One show only — Free admission

Facilitated by Dr. Vivian Huang

The documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs plunges us into Grace Lee Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy—her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her—drives the story forward.

Angela DavisBill MoyersBill AyersRuby Dee Davis and Ossie Davis,Danny Glover, Boggs’s late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in ongoing transition, contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., the 1967 rebellions, and non-linear notions of time and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience—the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.

"A legend in ethnic studies circles, Boggs receives the big-screen treatment in the superb American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a documentary that's admirably frank about the difficulties of insightfully portraying such a widely lauded—and subtly cagey and habitually self-effacing—figure." — Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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