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Why Detroit MattersDecline, Renewal and Hope in a Divided City$
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Brian Doucet

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327868

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327868.001.0001

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Activist (1915–2015)

Activist (1915–2015)

(p.335) Twenty-Five Activist (1915–2015)
Why Detroit Matters
Grace Lee Boggs
Policy Press

In this interview chapter, Grace Lee Boggs discusses revolution, evolution and change in Detroit and what this means for the wider world. Reflecting on her life’s work, Boggs talks about how revolutions come not from taking power, but from communities and groups who claim spaces in which to realise the world which they wish to achieve. Because of this, urban agriculture, and many other grassroots movements, are, in her eyes, acts of revolution. In her words, they help to ‘grow our souls.’ Boggs discusses the ways in which Detroit is pioneering this new revolution and how we need to think of revolution as a way of life, rather than grabbing power.

Keywords:   Detroit, Grace Lee Boggs, revolution, evolution, urban agriculture

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