James and Grace Lee Boggs
James Boggs (1919-1993) and Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015) were two largely unsung but critically important figures in the black freedom struggle.
Born and raised in Alabama, James Boggs came to Detroit during the Great Migration, becoming a automobile worker and a union activist. Grace Lee was a Chinese American scholar who studied Hegel, worked with Caribbean political theorist C.L.R. James, and moved to Detroit to work toward a new American revolution.
As husband and wife, the couple was influential in the early stages of what would become the Black Power movement, laying the intellectual foundation for racial and urban struggles during one of the most active social movements in recent U.S. history.