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. Summer 2014.

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