Grace Lee Boggs and Julia Putnam in front of teachers, staff, students and family at the first Grace Lee Boggs day celebration at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School. Grace Lee Boggs turned 99 that day.
The James and Grace Lee Boggs school is a progressive, community based charter school in an under served, but historically and culturally rich neighborhood on the east side of Detroit. The school was founded by three women who were deeply influenced by activist/philosopher and long time Detroiter Grace Lee Boggs. The film follows the first three years in the life of the Boggs School, opening the same year that Detroit declared bankruptcy, through the death of Grace Lee Boggs and after, as the school seems to find its footing and becomes a deeply important part of the neighborhood.
The feature film is in production. The following videos and photos were made to accompany a radio series by Zak Rosen, and will be part of the feature project.
This year something has changed. Julia Putnam feels like she's really become "a grown-up". Here, she reflects upon her first year as the principal of a new charter elementary school on the east side of Detroit, Michigan. The school is named after her mentor, Grace Lee Boggs, who she met when she was sixteen years old. Julia is now 38 and Grace is 99. We meet Julia, Grace, the students at The James and Grace Lee Boggs School and learn about their path "in love and struggle". For more on the Boggs school please visit: boggsschool.org This piece is part of a collaborative series between filmmaker Andrea Claire Maio and radio producer Zak Rosen in partnership with Michigan Radio.
First day of school. Father and daughter.
Chris and Ariel are students at The James and Grace Lee Boggs School. They're best friends.
This is part of an ongoing series following the first year in the school's life in collaboration with radio producer Zak Rosen. For more information please see: stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/helping-kids-boggs-school-step-their-best-selves
Grace Lee Boggs addresses the first class of students at the first year celebration of Grace Lee Boggs day at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School.
Whitney Walker is the Secretary at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School in Detroit, MI. Her daughter Zoe attends the school. Whitney is also a poet. Here she reads a poem she wrote about her transformative experience working at the school. This video is part of a series of collaborations between filmmaker Andrea Claire Maio and radio producer Zak Rosen, following the first year of the James and Grace Lee Boggs School. For the radio story please visit: stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/plant-your-soul-poetry-detroit-elementary-school
A tender moment with Grace Lee Boggs on her name day at the Boggs School.
Bentley is a student in the kindergarten class at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School; a new charter school on Detroit's east side. This video is part of an ongoing series documenting the first year of the school's life. The series is a collaboration between radio producer Zak Rosen and filmmaker Andrea Claire Morningstar. Music for this episode courtesy of Podington Bear.
Grace Lee Boggs smiles at a Boggs school student on her name day.
The students and staff at The James and Grace Lee Boggs School take a walking field trip to The Heidelberg Project, and meet the artist, Tyree Guyton.
The Oral History Club at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School is a small, dedicated group of grade school students who stay after school to interview members of their community- most of whom have a relationship to the building they now call their school. The neighborhood that the Boggs school calls home is one that has faced a lot of challenges in recent years and its history, and inhabitants are rapidly disappearing. These conversations serve as a learning experience for the students, a preservation of history via anecdotal stories of the people who have lived in the neighborhood for decades, and, ultimately as a community building experience: brining the kids and elder members of their community closer together. Featured in the video are interviewees: Art "Red" Tabb, Tyree Guyton, Hali Giessler. Students include: Na'Kyah Ngozi Marie Adjuman, Lucia Putnam, Maya Nicole Wheeler, Jacob Michael Wheeler, Rene' McLemore. Special Thanks to: H. T. Ewald Foundation, Greg Katcher, Pewabic Pottery, Yoga’s 1000 Petal Lotus, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Avalon Bakery, The Red Hook, Bill Wanderwill, Bree Dominick, Atticus Keesling, Sindbad’s, Sister Pie, Detroit Vegan Soul, Seva, Marianne Feldman, Mama Hanifa Adjuman, Rebecca Wheeler, Joe Reilly.
Made for an event celebrating the Oral History Club's first semester at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School in Detroit, Michigan.