Grace Lee Boggs, an activist who spent her life actively supporting movements from civil rights to feminism, died Monday morning “peacefully in her sleep at her home on Field Street in Detroit.” She was 100.
“Grace died as she lived: surrounded by books, politics, people and ideas,” Alice Jennings and Shea Howell, two of Boggs’ trustees, stated.
Howell continued, stating that Boggs’ close friends were able to raise funds to provide her with 24-hour care that allowed her to remain in her Detroit home until the very end.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle were “saddened” to hear of Boggs’ death. Obama was a community organizer in Chicago in the 80s. He spoke about Boggs’ character in a statement.
“Grace dedicated her life to serving and advocating for the rights of others — from her community activism in Detroit, to her leadership in the civil rights movement, to her ideas that challenged us all to lead meaningful lives.”