Grace Lee Boggs
Tishman Auditorium at The New School (66 W. 12th St., Manhattan)
For the last seventy years Grace Lee Boggs, the legendary “movement organizer”, philosopher and community journalist has helped us reimagine our cities and other potential spaces of democracy by focusing on the notion of, “bringing neighbors back to the hood” as an instrumental part of the current people-led resurrection of the city of Detroit.
On Sunday, April 22nd, the New School and New York City community will engage Grace Lee Boggs in conversation—a conversation where we will discuss what the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would call “these powerful days.” King’s 1967 speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?” will be publically unpacked and anchor the conversation, as the unfinished business of the 20th century movements represent many of the unmet challenges posed by MLK in this historic speech.
Boggs is the author of the recent book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty First Century. At 96 years young, Grace offers us her unique perspectives on the limitations of activism and social movements of the Twentieth Century and how we might create a shared bottom-up vision for sustainable and just alternatives to the social ills that King coined as, “the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism” for the new century and avoid the ideological and tactical errors that have too often been confused as revolutionary actions.