Grace Lee Boggs on Transforming Detroit
Many of us learn from hearing and witnessing how others accomplish their goals and Grace shares with us how Detroit's comeback relies on rebuilding, redefining, and respiriting neighborhoods. Blight can also mean opportunity. Eight hundred community gardens (and numbers growing) have woven relationships among neighbors, across generations, and created a new sense of what is possible in Detroit. Witnessing and living the gardening process sparks a deeper understanding about the process of change itself --what we feel about ourselves, our thoughts and beliefs about change.
The Fetzer Institute hosted a series of dialogues among community leaders from across the US and other regions of the world to explore perspectives on roles of leadership in community movements. The convening questions delved into experiences and philosophies about resilience, inclusivity, and individual and community transformation. During the meeting, author and activist Grace Lee Boggs reflected on her many years as a leader in the Civil Rights movement and as a community organizer in Detroit.