Celebrate People's History: Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.31
Artist:
Bec Young
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
August 2008
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
A poster of brown and greens where there is a street with city buildings lining it and two people in the bottom holding hands. The title at the top of "Grace Lee & Jimmy Boggs" is above a brown text that says, "“A revolution must be made upon a declaration of aspirations and not upon bitterness.” Printed on the road is the paragraph, "“Two fiery activists, organizers, movement founders, and writers who began throughout the gritty reality of post-industrializing Detroit, envisioning and creating a better world. They’ve worked to bring humanity together to create solutions through a sense of belonging, with the notion of common good, and from the ground up.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.