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Grace Lee Boggs Lecture is 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6

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October 04, 2015

Civil rights pioneer, activist and writer Grace Lee Boggs, who died Monday at the age of 100 in her Detroit home, is the subject of a lecture at 5:30 p.m. today at University of Detroit Mercy.

Stephen Ward“The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs” will be presented by Dr. Stephen Ward, associate professor of the Department of Afro-American Studies and African Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is a historian and the author of Pages From a Black Radical’s Notebook: A James Boggs Reader (2011) and In Love and Struggle: The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs, scheduled for publication in 2016.

Boggs’ activism dates back to the 1940s, when she fought for tenants’ rights. She and her husband, James, later worked tirelessly for the rights of women, people of color and youth. Her five books include a memoir, Living for Change: An Autobiography and, most recently, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, published in 2011.

The lecture is part of the University’s African American Studies Fall 2015 Lecture Series and will be held in UDM’s Student Center, President’s Dining Room on the McNichols Campus, 4001 W. McNichols in Detroit. It is free and open to the public.

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