Memories of the Future
Opening Plenary Night The opening night event featured Grace Lee Boggs, one of the great philosophers and political visionaries of our time. Boggs has been a part of almost every major movement in the United States over the last 75 years. She is intellectually ageless and still going strong. Boggs was joined by Nelson Johnson, Executive Director of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, North Carolina and a leader of the Greensboro Truth & Community Reconciliation Project; and Andrea Smith, longtime anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar, and a proponent and innovator of new political practices. The conversation was moderated by Amy Goodman, of “Democracy Now!”
We have the ability to propose and not just to protest.
GRACE LEE BOGGS
Grace Lee Boggs, Speaker
Grace is an activist, writer, and speaker whose seven decades of political involvement encompass the major U.S. social movements of the past hundred years. She is the author of The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century and Living for Change: An Autobiography. She works through the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center for Nurturing Community Leadership in Detroit, training the next generation of leaders to create productive, sustainable, ecologically responsible and just communities.
Nelson Johnson, Speaker
Nelson is the Executive Director and founder of the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, North Carolina and a leader of the Greensboro Truth & Community Reconciliation Project, the first of its kind in the US.
Andrea Smith, Speaker
Andrea is a co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence. She is the author of Conquest: Sexual Violence & American Indian Genocide, and editor of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex. She currently teaches in media and cultural studies at UC, Riverside.
Amy Goodman, Moderator
Amy is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,000 public television and radio stations in North America. Goodman is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including Breaking the Sound Barrier.