About The Authors
Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Lee Boggs (b. 1915) is an activist, writer, and speaker whose seven decades of political involvement encompass the major U.S. social movements of the past hundred years. A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Boggs received her B.A. from Barnard College (1935) and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College (1940). She developed a twenty-year political relationship with the black Marxist, C.L.R. James, followed by extensive Civil Rights and Black Power Movement activism in Detroit in partnership with husband and black autoworker, James Boggs (1919-93).
Grace Lee Boggs’s published writings include Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century (with James Boggs, Monthly Review Press, 1974; reissued with new introduction by Grace Lee Boggs, 2008); Conversations in Maine: Exploring Our Nation’s Future (with James Boggs, Freddy Paine, and Lyman Paine; South End Press, 1978); and Living for Change: An Autobiography (University of Minnesota, 1998). Her writings and interviews with her have also been widely disseminated through newspapers, magazines, websites, and academic journals.
At the age of 95, Grace remains much in demand as a public speaker and exceptionally active as a community activist and weekly columnist for the Michigan Citizen. Her many honors include honorary doctorates from the University of Michigan, Wooster College, Kalamazoo College, and Wayne State University; lifetime achievement awards from the Detroit City Council, Organization of Chinese Americans, Anti-Defamation League (Michigan), Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, Museum of Chinese in the Americas, and Association for Asian American Studies; Detroit News Michiganian of the Year; and a place in both the National Women’s Hall of Fame and Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.
Scott Kurashige has been collecting the speeches and writings of Grace Lee Boggs for the past ten years. The Next American Revolution is a product of his editing these works and crafting them into a single volume in consultation with Boggs. Kurashige is an associate professor of American culture and history and director of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program at the University of Michigan. He also worked on this project as a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History (2008-09).
Kurashige received his B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania (1990) and M.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA (1996), and Ph.D. in History from UCLA (2000). His first book, The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (Princeton University Press, 2008), received the 2008 History Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies and the 2008 Albert J. Beveridge Book Award from the American Historical Association for the best book in English on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada, from 1492 to the present. With over two decades of experience as a campus and community activist, he is currently a board member with the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership and works with several other community organizations in Detroit.