Take Action Around 'American Revolutionary'
Take a Grace Lee Boggs quote from the film and make a poster of it that shows why you find it thought-provoking or inspiring. Display your art (either online or in the community or both) and invite people to add their own insights and comments.
As you view the film, make a list of all the different types of activism in which Grace Lee Boggs engages (e.g., reading circles, writing and distributing pamphlets, organizing marches, creating a community garden). Pick one that makes sense for you and your community and start doing it where you live.
Celebrate Black History Month, Independence Day or the anniversary of a significant local civil rights event with a screening and follow-up discussion on the role of reflection or dialectic thinking in sparking political change.
Find veteran social justice activists in your community. Record and share their stories with youth in your community. Use the stories to spark discussions about ways that young people could improve their neighborhoods or their cities and take the lead in creating the community they envision for themselves and the next generation.
Form a study circle to read and discuss books by Grace Lee Boggs and James "Jimmy" Boggs. Perfect the art of conversation!
Take an intractable social issue and think about how Grace Lee Boggs might approach it. How would she use imagination, creativity and commitment to move the dial?
Get informed about the issues in the film and lead a discussion in your community.
This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use this documentary to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively. The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Rather than attempting to address them all, choose one or two that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to consider taking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.
In this lesson, students will consider competing strategies used by civil rights leaders in the 1960s and look at tensions between supporters of Malcolm X's Black Nationalism and supporters of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy of non-violent resistance. They'll examine this era through the eyes of radical philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs, whose ideas about activism and strategies for change evolved as her understanding of the nature of revolution deepened.
This list of fiction and nonfiction books, compiled by Robert Surratt of the San Diego Public Library, provides a range of perspectives on the issues raised by the POV documentary American Revolutionry: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.