Yesterday we had the most beautiful event at the museum. In honor of Jane Addams’s birthday we held our annual Conversation on Peace and Justice, and this year’s keynote speaker was none other than Grace Lee Boggs.
Grace Lee Boggs just celebrated her 94th birthday, so it was a real privilege for us to hear her speak in Chicago. Bill Ayers noted how she is especially wise in her ability to take the long view when thinking of justice without giving up the “fierce urgency of now.” I was especially impressed with Grace’s perspective on struggles in history and with involvement in today’s movements. For example, she spoke of Will Allen at Growing Power and the importance of his work in looking at environmental and food access issues when an audience member asked for examples of the new revolution that Grace spoke of. Kevin Coval introduced Grace with a poem that honored her work and struggle.
Some photos of the evening from metroblossom
Grace’s speech will soon be available at Chicago Amplified.