'American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,' which follows the life of the nearing-99-year-old Chinese American philosopher, activist and writer from Detroit, will air Monday on Channel 56. (David Coates / The Detroit News)
A documentary celebrating the life of a Detroit civil rights hero will be shown Monday on PBS.
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” which follows the life of the nearing-99-year-old Chinese American philosopher, activist and writer from Detroit, will air at 10 p.m. on WTVS (Channel 56). Directed by Korean American filmmaker Grace Lee, the film runs 90 minutes and won the Audience Award at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival and Best Documentary Feature at the Woodstock Film Festival.
Boggs, who was named a Detroit News Michiganian of the Year in 2006, was born in Rhode Island five years before women won the right to vote. Over the years, she has been active in civil rights, the anti-war movement, women’s movement and environmental causes, earning a thick FBI file as well as a doctorate in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College.
She married the late political activist and auto worker James Boggs in 1953 and moved to Detroit. The film explores Boggs’ thoughts on revolution, the difference between the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and the continuing evolution of Detroit.
Boggs was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2009.
'American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs'
10 p.m. Monday