he refused to eat the lamb chops

Posted: June 28th, 2012 | No Comments »

excerpt from a bio about activist grace lee boggs, courtesy of the writer’s almanac. it set me on a course of looking up grace lee boggs but in the most minimal internet-y way (“what did she look like”).

The rats were so bad that she [grace lee boggs] went to check out the South Side Tenants Organization, which fought against rat-infested housing in the South Side. Through that group, she began working with the black community in Chicago, and she participated in the March on Washington. She became a radical community organizer, and a few years later, she met Jimmy Boggs, a black autoworker in Detroit. He was recently divorced, with six children. For their first date, Grace invited Jimmy over to dinner. He showed up two hours late, and he refused to eat the lamb chops she had prepared because he thought they were too fancy. She put on a Louis Armstrong record, and Boggs announced that he hated Armstrong. But by the end of the date, he asked her to marry him. She accepted without hesitation, and they were married for 40 years, until his death in 1993.

jim and grace boggs, courtesy of Skip Schiel

Photo of Jim and Grace Lee Boggs, courtesy of Skip Schiel



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