Boggs’s fight for social justice in America

By Sophia Hysaw, Opinion Editor

                     Sophia Hysaw

Grace Lee Boggs was a philosopher, social activist, author, and feminist. Boggs was a first generation Chinese American born in Rhode Island on June 27, 1915. Grace Lee attended Barnard College of University Columbia and received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. 

Facing significant barriers in the academic world due to being a woman of color, Boggs took a low paying job at the philosophy library of the University of Chicago. There she joined the far-left Workers Party and began the trajectory she continued to follow throughout her life of focusing on labor, civil rights and struggles in the African-American community. She continued to focus on the Black Power Movement and Civil Rights all the way up to the end of her life. In 2015, she died at the age of 100. Grace Lee Boggs has had a huge impact on the ongoing fight for social justice in America and continues to inspire thousands across the country.