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Grace Lee & Jimmy Boggs



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"A revolution must be made upon a declaration of aspirations and not upon bitterness."

Two fiery activists, organizers, movement founders, and writers who began, throughout the gritty reality of post-industrializing Detroit, envisioning and creating a better world. They’ve worked to bring humanity together to create solutions through a sense of belonging, with the notion of common good, and from the ground up.

Grace Lee was involved in the Johnson-Forrest Tendency, a radical Trotskyist splinter group that also included C.L.R. James. As they became increasingly unorthodox in their beliefs and actions, the Boggs' split from traditional left political parties and began developing their own autonomous analysis. They were (and are) very influential in both the Black liberation movement and the labor movement in Detroit. Grace Lee once headed up the Detroit Summer project, and was a mentor to many of the youth involved until her death in 2015.

2nd printing of this CPH poster printed at the worker-owned and union-run Community Printers, Santa Cruz, CA.

This is #49 in the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series.

Bec Young is a visual artist based in Detroit who seeks to inspire—and draw inspiration from—movements for justice and ecological wellness.

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