Grace Lee Boggs Biography

Grace Lee Boggs

Born: 1915
Birthplace: Providence, R.I.

Boggs enrolled in Barnard College in 1931 at age to study philosophy. She stayed until she received a Ph.D. in 1940. She moved to Chicago and became involved with tenant organizing and various socialist causes. In 1953 she met, and later married, Jimmy Boggs, an autoworker and black activist in Detroit while working on the Socialist Workers Party newsletter. Lee became involved in the black power movement and was a founding member of Detroit's Asian Political Alliance. She has since continued her work as a writer, speaker, and civil rights activist.