By NYLU AVERY BERNSHTAYN, age 9
- I was born on June 27, 1915, in Providence, RI, to Chinese immigrant parents.
- I grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, and my father owned restaurants in New York City.
- I earned my PhD in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in 1940.
- I am an author, social activist and feminist, and I have worked in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements for 75 years.
- My activism began in Chicago, where I joined the movement for tenants’ rights and the Worker’s Party. My work focused on mainly marginalized groups, such as women and people of color.
- I believe that it is by working together in small groups that positive social change can happen, not in large revolutions where one group of power simply changes position with another.
- In 1992, my husband and I founded Detroit Summer, a community movement bringing together races, cultures and ages to rebuild Detroit.
- I am 99 years old, and I recently published a book called The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century.
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ANSWER: Grace Lee Boggs