With our hotel room assignment, the trip to Detroit began on an auspicious note.
After all, love is the drug.
My three days there ended on the celebratory and very inspiring occasion of Grace Lee Boggs' ninety-fourth birthday. There was a party attended by a couple hundred people, and a celebrity appearance by actor Danny Glover. Glover's interest and commitment to political activism is well known, but I had never actually heard him speak at events of an activist nature. Although this was a birthday party, and Glover filled his turn at the mic with accolades and warm wishes for Grace, he also went on a terrific rant, rendering the low-powered mic superfluous.
Grace herself was seated in a wheelchair. She seemed to be absorbing the remarks of well-wishers with quiet satisfaction. When she finally spoke, she made much of the community in evidence in the room: multiracial, intergenerational, full of life and love.
I could not get close enough to Grace for a good pic. The hall was just that crowded.