Special Showing

American Revolutionary

Tuesday, April 10 at 7pm

Shown as part of the Davis Center's Social Justice Film Series.

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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Starring: Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover

The documentary film, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy—her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her—drives the story forward.

Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Boggs’s late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in ongoing transition, contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, the 1967 rebellions, and non-linear notions of time and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience — the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.

  • Director: Grace Lee
  • Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“In sharing her subject's life achievements, [Ms. Lee] raises meaningful questions and keeps them profitably open.”

– New York Times

Shown as part of the Davis Center's Social Justice Film Series.