This new year, shake the world with a new dream

Today’s inspiration: activist, author, and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs.

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The fierce and graceful Grace Lee Boggs.
(photo courtesy boggsblog.org)

Civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs is still at it. At 98 years old, she continues to be an impassioned voice for blighted urban communities, empowering them to rise up.

How? By “putting the neighbor back in the ‘hood.”

In this video, Grace is with her neighbors in her hometown of Detroit. What I love about this footage is how unassuming Grace is. She’s a legend — and the subject of the upcoming documentary American Revolutionary — yet here she is, wearing a sweatshirt and having a low-key chat about bettering the community. This is grassroots activism at its core.

I could listen to her talk all day. She says:

“Whatever your walk of life, race, or class, you have the right and duty to shake this world with a new dream. Because the world is waiting for a new dream.”

It’s 2014. What’s your new dream?

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Comments (6)


  1. Martino writes:
    January 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Let’s give out the new dream.


  2. Robert Stephen Higgins writes:
    January 3, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Grace Boggs is an inspiration to me. She is 26 years my senior, which implies that I may have that many more years to promote my new dream. My dream is that every person in the world knows what fundamental rights are inherent to every person. From that base true human rights are the basic rules that guide the interaction of people in all situations. Also, that they are incorporated into the laws of every country. My truehumanrights web site has not fired much discussion yet but there is time.



  3. MSBURKE writes:
    January 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    GOD BLESS HER, I WILL WORK TOWARD MY DREAM.


  4. Michelle Locke writes:
    January 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I started a company in 2013 called Dream Local. I am a grant writer and consultant (wannabe). I am just beginning to figure out how it all works but love it!! I landed here after failing with the personal project I wrote a grant for. I did not get funded but in the process realized grant writing was probably a better fit for me. Every thing I learned and every person I met on the previous project impacted me in a strong and positive way. So I am looking for dreams to make true,. That’s my job:)


  5. roseline nyaboke writes:
    January 6, 2014 at 4:39 am

    WE R IN NEED OF FUNDING TO TRANSLATE OUR IDEAS INTO ACTION ANY BODY WHO WANT TO HELP US SOON GOD BLESS.


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