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You don’t have to agree with someone’s political or social ideals to respect their passion and commitment.

I certainly don’t share the worldview of Detroit social activist Grace Lee Boggs, but I have always admired the intensity of her beliefs and her willingness to sacrifice for them.

Boggs turns 100 on Saturday, and she has spent nearly every hour of that century working to make the world a better place for the poor and the forgotten. Boggs, a Chinese American, was a leading voice in the socialist movement of the mid-20th Century, and focused her considerable energy on the struggles of women, African-Americans and other minorities.

For 75 years she has been striving for a revolution in America. It never came — thankfully — but along the way her efforts led to better educational opportunities for Detroit’s children and helped keep a spotlight on the challenges of the city’s underclass.

And she continues to do so. Happy Birthday to a faithful warrior.

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