Grace Lee Boggs
In advance of our trip to Detroit for an episode on urban agriculture I had an inspiring talk with Grace Lee Boggs, a 95-year-old (!) leader of the city’s social and cultural transformation. I asked her if the the good food movement and urban agriculture could be compared with the civil rights movement of which she and her late husband Jimmy Boggs were key players. She said no.
Such a comparison is “ahistorical,” she said. The civil rights movement was about an oppressed minority trying to become part of the system. The “quiet revolution” of urban agriculture is about creating a new system, a new reality that she says is “more profound.”
“What we’re entering into now is post-industrial civilization,” she said. “We’re really in the midst of a cultural revolution.”
Now that’s food forward.