PBS: Doc Offers Lessons From Revolutionary Grace Lee Boggs

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Not the face one might expect for Black Power in Detroit in the volatile 1960s, but 99-year-old Grace Lee Boggs is well-known among civil rights supporters—and the FBI–for fighting for civil rights, against war, for labor and women’s rights, and just about anything she deemed a social injustice.

And the Chinese American writer, philosopher and activist is still at it, according to the award-winning documentary “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” airing Monday, June 30, on PBS as part of its POV documentary series. The film will also stream on PBS’ website July 1-30:


No doubt that Boggs has seen a lot in her near-century on Earth, but she’s not sitting around pondering the old days, she still has ideas for the next revolution. As a female and Chinese, Boggs felt like an outsider much of her life in mainstream society, despite earning a doctorate degree. The discrimination she witnessed spurred her on throughout her life.

Winner of the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award in 2013 and directed by Grace Lee, “American Revolutionary” takes a look at Grace Lee Boggs’ many decades as an activist in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements.

Journalist Laurie Schenden covers the entertainment industry, with many of her notable celebrity interviews appearing in the Los Angeles Times and other national and international publications. As a longtime columnist and feature writer for the LA Times, she also covered events and California destinations for the lifestyle, Outdoors and Travel sections. Laurie Schenden's international pieces include the long-running Where Are They Now celebrity feature for Spotlight Magazine, published in five languages. Laurie has also contributed to numerous documentary films, and produces content via Saving Grace Films.

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