Labor, Civil Rights Activist Grace Lee Boggs Dies at Age 100

Grace Lee Boggs
Posted at 10:04 PM, Oct 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-05 18:11:49-04

DETROIT (AP) - Grace Lee Boggs, known as an international activist for justice, has died at her Detroit home. She was 100.

President Barack Obama released a statement, saying Boggs learned "the world needed changing, and she overcame barriers to do just that."

Her death Monday was announced by the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership.

Boggs and late husband James Boggs were involved in many causes, from civil rights to income equality. She helped organized a 1963 march in Detroit by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Boggs was born in Rhode Island and grew up in New York City. She moved to Detroit in the 1950s to write for a socialist newspaper. A 2013 documentary, "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs," aired on PBS.

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