Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Grace Lee Boggs on the Authenticity of Obama's Leadership - WE ARE THE LEADERS WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR

[Photo - Grace Lee Boggs and the late James Boggs]
Longtime movement activist/intellectual Grace Lee Boggs from Detroit has a way of analyzing the world in language we can all understand with a goal of transforming our local communities in new and uplifting ways.
Here's her great piece on Obama's leadership and significance. Thanks to John Delloro's Burning Cane Blog for posting this.
Obama is providing the authentic, visionary leadership we need in this period when our challenges are so great and our politics (as he puts it in The Audacity of Hope) so small.
That kind of leadership is very precious.
26 year-old MLK provided it in 1955 when he inspired Montgomery blacks, sick and tired of being sick and tired, to go beyond protest and manifest a more advanced humanity in their yearlong non-violent boycott.
Jimmy Boggs anticipated it when he said in his last speech to University of Michigan students in 1991 "I don't believe nobody can run this country better than me. I'm saying you better think that way. You need to stop thinking of yourself as a minority because thinking like a minority means you're thinking like an underling. Everyone is capable of going beyond where they are."
Liberals and radicals tend to be skeptical of this kind of leadership....
Grace's autobiography Living for Change.

1 comment:

Tom said...

I love Jimmy and Grace Lee Boggs> I saw Grace Lee debate Amiri Baraka on Democracy Now this summer on cable feed as I was hanging out on the family compound outside Talequah Oklahoma... And she and Jimmy and Fredy and Lyman Payne, addressed grassroots cultural revolution as integral to struggle.

FYI: John Delloro is on CFT Labor in Schools Committee, which I co Chair with Linda Tubach of UTLA.

thanks to you and John.