To The End, 'American Revolutionary' Grace Lee Boggs Never Gave Up on Detroit

Grace Lee Boggs, the "American Revolutionary" who died earlier this month at age 100, will be memorialized in her beloved Detroit this weekend (for details, go to www.pbs.org/tavis). The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Boggs was a seminal figure in the Black Power movement and -- along with her husband, James Boggs -- spent decades tirelessly advocating for fundamental changes in American policy on civil rights, labor relations, feminism, the environment and just about anything else that would shake up the status quo.

She was also one of the most outspoken boosters of Detroit, where she lived for more than 60 years. In this clip from 2013, shortly before her 98th birthday, she discussed why she remained optimistic about the future of the Motor City.

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