Grace Lee Boggs

I met Grace Boggs some yers ago through the North Dakota Study Group (NDSG).  Many of the good things in my life are associated with my 41 years as part of that group,  Started in 1973 by Vito Perrone (who was then in North Dakota) it has had many lives–and remains still healthy and fruitful.   It’s a tribute to democratic anarchism!
The followng e-mail made me sad.  But if I live as long and well as Grace has I’d be more that satisfied; and if we could all “catch” the kind of warmth and hope that she gives off we’d be l,uckier still.   She is an amazing person.

Grace Lee in New York City. (Photo by Michael Falco)



Grace has requested to share the following statement recorded recently at her bedside. Please respect her privacy, as she cannot entertain interviews, phone calls, or visitors. Thank you for the love and struggle you have shared with her.

“I am coming to the end of a long journey—a journey that began over 70 years ago at the beginning of World War II. This journey has basically been to show that there is an alternative to the Bolshevik revolutionary prototype. It has taken us a long time to accomplish this, but we have been able to do so both as a result of our historical vision and because of the very practical efforts of comrades who have risen to the challenge of creating a revolution unlike any revolution that has been in the past.

“Because of my increasing physical limitations in the last few years, I have not been able to play the role that I might have played. But that is not as important now as recognizing what has been achieved. A revolution that is based on the people exercising their creativity in the midst of devastation is one of the great historical contributions of humankind.

“We will be finding ways and means to celebrate this, one of which will be the Reimagining Work and Culture conference in October. We want people to understand how much this concept of new work and new culture is based upon not only enormous activity but also on vision and on imagination.”

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