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Last Edited: September 11, 2007, 2:50 am

Recently, a Bill Moyer’s interview with a remarkable woman aired.  At this stage in my life, I thought I had grown passed looking at someone and seeing a hero, not so.  The interview was with a remarkable woman named Grace Lee Jones.  Not since I watched Congresswoman Barbara Jordan of Texas give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 1976 had I been so inspired.

Born June 27, 1915 in Providence R.I. of immigrant Chinese parents.  Grace received her B.A. from Barnard College in 1935 and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in 1940.  In 1953 she married an African American labor activist named James Boggs till his death in July 1993.  She has written a book titled Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century published in 1974.  Of course at the age of 91 her accomplishments are many and can be easily found on line.  She is still active and doing community service work.

Back to the interview. Grace Lee Boggs is insightful, admirable, and engaging. Her experience from being on the front line for social justice reflects in the wisdom of her thought and speech.  A true national treasure that engenders respect and honor.


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cashinnComment by cashinn - September 11, 2007, 3:18 am
Correction.... The interview was with Grace Lee Boggs. Some things not even spell check can catch. lol
TenajComment by Tenaj - September 11, 2007, 5:26 am
What an incredible woman! It is so refreshing to know that there are people out there who makes such a big difference in other's lives. This woman gives a new meaning to "community grassroots"
Thank you Cashinn.

cashinnComment by cashinn - September 11, 2007, 11:58 am
You are welcome Tenaj.
justxploringComment by justxploring - September 11, 2007, 7:40 pm
Yes. There's no substitute for wisdom. BTW, she mentioned a basketball player so I looked him up. These are the type of athletes who should be role models for our younger generation.


cashinnComment by cashinn - September 12, 2007, 12:12 pm
Thanks jxp for that information. I viewed the web sites you posted... Wow. It's amazing how 1 good thing leads to another. And I agree..Will Allen is just the type of athelete who should be our role model for the next generation. Positive and uplifting. Love it.
TenajComment by Tenaj - September 12, 2007, 12:57 pm
I was impressed with what she said about Will Allen's garden project and her analogy of how a "garden" teaches young people values. Especially the part when you wait for something to grow and experience that good things take a well, (my words) and it is so close to nature that it gives you what you need "food." We have groups here that have community gardens but I'd never thought of it as a teaching tool for young people.
cashinnComment by cashinn - September 12, 2007, 5:51 pm
Good to know that you came away with something positive Tenaj. I think gardening has a lot of lessons in it. Like Grace said it also teaches respect for elders and respect for the earth. Also, because you have to nurture the plant it teaches delayed gratification and responsibility like you mentioned. Oh yeah, gardening nourishes the spirit and eventually will feed the body. But what I really liked about Will Allen's project is that it is transforming a whole community in a positive way, children and adults alike. That has got to be so fulfilling.

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