Grace Lee Boggs — an Asian American intersectional feminist — died at the age of 100 on October 5, 2015, in Detriot, where she spent much of her life working as an activist.
Boggs’s identity as a first-generation Asian American woman made her uniquely aware of the different yet connected struggles her community faced.
“She shows us how to imagine Asian American movement building in more expansive ways in order to shift and transform systems of power.
Kuo tells Teen Vogue that Boggs’s impact is, in part, a lesson in solidarity, especially given how the Asian American community of her time was influenced by migration and labor.
In 1953, Boggs (still Grace Lee then) married fellow political activist James Boggs and they moved to Detroit, where they later founded the Detroit Asian Political Alliance.