Ms. Boggs and her husband, James.Credit:LeeLee Films, Inc.
Name of AAPI FigureGrace Lee Boggs
What is the person’s Asian heritage or ethnicity?Chinese
Area of InfluenceActivist
Date of birth or time period1915-2015
How did this individual make a contribution to their field or to society/culture at large?Facing gender discrimination, racism, and inequality, Grace Lee Boggs is one of the most recognized human rights activist who has fought for civil rights, feminism, the environment, and many other causes for over seven decades. Born to Chinese immigrants, Grace strived for racial equality in communities. Not only was she an activist, Grace was an author and philosopher who wrote books about her vision of a revolution in America. Working with her husband, the Boggs’s founded food cooperatives and community groups to support unemployed workers and the elderly.
How does this person inspire you?Grace Lee Boggs has inspired me because she fought for her visions of a better world despite gender and racial inequalities. During her time (1915-2015) Woman were not treated or seen equal as men. Not only did she have to fight against gender inequality, she also fought against discrimination, racism, and injustice. Grace has shown me that no matter how many people may hate or not support your ideas, you should never stop fighting for something you believe in. Regardless of her death in October 2015, Grace Lee Boggs’s vision of a better world will not come to an end.
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Submitted byKatie Yang
City, StateLexington