By NYLU AVERY BERNSHTAYN, age 9

PHOTO: Lee Films Inc.
PHOTO: Lee Films Inc.


  1. I was born on June 27, 1915, in Providence, RI, to Chinese immigrant parents.
  2. I grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, and my father owned restaurants in New York City.
  3. I earned my PhD in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in 1940.
  4. I am an author, social activist and feminist, and I have worked in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements for 75 years.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. In 1992, my husband and I founded Detroit Summer, a community movement bringing together races, cultures and ages to rebuild Detroit.
  8. 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