Movement Organizer, Grace Lee Boggs to Appear at The New School Sunday, April 22


“The Next American Revolution: Where Do We Go From Here?”

A Conversation With Movement Organizer, Grace Lee Boggs

Sunday April 22, 2012, 6-8 PM

The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th St. New York City

“Now, in order to answer the question, “Where do we go from here?, , we must first honestly recognize where we are now.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1967

For the last seventy years Grace Lee Boggs, the legendary movement organizer, , philosopher and community journalist has helped us reimagine our cities and other potential spaces of democracy by focusing on the notion of, bringing neighbors back to the hood, as an instrumental part of the current people-led resurrection of the city of Detroit.

On Sunday, April 22nd, the New School and New York City community will engage Grace Lee Boggs in conversation, a conversation where we will discuss what the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would call “these powerful days.” King’s 1967 speech, Where Do We Go From Here?, will be publically unpacked and anchor the conversation, as the unfinished business of the 20th century movements represent many of the unmet challenges posed by MLK in this historic speech.

The event is free and open to all in The New School community and the general public and is sponsored by Social Justice Initiatives in the Provost’s Office, along with the University Student Senate and the Social Justice Committee.

Boggs is the author of the recent book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty First Century. At 96 years young, Grace offers us her unique perspectives on the limitations of activism and social movements of the Twentieth Century and how we might create a shared bottom-up vision for sustainable and just alternatives to the social ills that King coined as, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism, for the new century and avoid the ideological and tactical errors that have too often been confused as revolutionary actions.

An assortment of critical questions regarding have enveloped at the local, national and international levels with the emergence of the “Arab Spring”, the 99%, and the subsequent Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Such questions include, what is the place of those most affected by economic injustice in OWS?, and; does a racial and gender justice agenda belong at the heart of the movement?, By way of conversation between the 96-year old movement organizer, faculty, students and community members, we will shine light on the potential of this historical moment and what it might offer for The Next American Revolution, .

For more information, please contact socialjustice@newschool.edu

 

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