“American Revolutionary: Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” Detroit premiere
By Grace Lee Boggs
Special to the Michigan Citizen
The turnout for the Detroit premiere of “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” was amazing. All 1,000 seats at the Detroit Institute of Art were filled. Some people were turned away.
Listening to the comments of viewers, Barbara Jones (whose father worked at the Chrysler-Jefferson plant and knew Jimmy) observed:
“Grace’s life and her contributions have connected people culturally and spiritually. The film reveals the desire we all have to discover and fulfill our life’s purpose. I’m grateful and blessed that I have strong role models like my grandmother and Grace Lee Boggs.”
Vincent Harding, my old friend, who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 60s and was in the audience, created a movement atmosphere by leading the audience in singing several verses of the 60s spiritual.
“We are building up a new world; builders must be strong!” (to the tune of We are climbing Jacob’s ladder)
Among the tributes, I received was a stunning 25”-by-12” wooden plaque from Charlie Brolin, inscribed with several stanzas of “We are the children of Martin and Malcolm.”
John Gruchala, Ilaseo Lewis and I co-authored this poem for the June 10, 1982, Million People March through New York’s Central Park calling for nuclear disarmament.
The march was so massive that it encouraged Gorbachev to declare glasnost and perestroika, the “Moscow Spring,” which led to the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991.