Civil Rights Activist Grace Lee Boggs in Iowa

Jan 21, 2013

Asian-American civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs has traveled from her home in Detroit to

Grace Lee Boggs at one of her rare speaking engagements. She doesn't travel often because of limited mobility at age 97.
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speak at Grinnell College as part of the campus celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday. She tells Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank, she wasn't a fan of the idea when it was first proposed.  At 97, Boggs continues to be active with a program known as Detroit Summer.  It's a project that's been underway for several years involving the city's young people with activities such as gardening and renovating inner city buildings.