Asian American civil rights icon Grace Lee Boggs has issued her first statement since announcing she has been admitted into hospice care.
The 99-year old activist from Detroit dictated a statement that was read at the recent “With/Out – ¿Borders?” Conference in Kalamazoo, MI.
The conference describes itself as a “convergence of activists, scholars, and artists from across issues, disciplines and generations who questioned, interrogated and complicated the political, ideological, cultural and social borders that make up our world.”
Here is the statement Boggs released:
“I feel I am the spokesperson for a new international movement to redesign our cities on the basis of new work and culture. I knew that my life was important but never knew how important it was until it was coming to its end and I could see so much movement among young people especially.
“Our young people are a generation that can remake the world. We are more aware of the changes happening these days than any previous generation, but we really need to discuss them more. And we need to accept the challenges before us.
“We are so fortunate to be living now because the challenges are so many and we need to use our imaginations in new ways.”