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Democratic Socialist Howard Zinn’s THE PEOPLE SPEAK at BAM with Marisa Tomei and More 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the Onassis Cultural Center New York present The People Speak, gathering acclaimed actors and musicians to bring to life Howard Zinn’s extraordinary history of ordinary people and traditionally marginalized voices based on Zinn’s work; in association with Voices of a People’s History of the United States, directed by Anthony Arnove. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, New York, March 21, 2017.


Academy Award winner Maria Tomei. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

The program will consist of readings and musical performances by some of today’s leading artists including Marisa Tomei, Talib Kweli, Martha Redbone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Staceyann Chin, Deva Mahal, Aasif Mandvi, Frances McDormand, Peter Sarsgaard, Brian Jones, Stew & Heidi Rodewald, and David Strathairn, with more artists to be confirmed.

Building on the work of historian and Democratic Socialist Howard Zinn, The People Speak highlights little known voices from US history, including those of women, African Americans, Native Americans, immigrants, and laborers. The People Speak brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions and the eight-hour work day, advancing women’s rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past-and present-the piece works to educate and inspire a new generation of people working for social justice.

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was born in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish Austrian-Hungarian-Russian immigrants. He was an historian, playwright, and social activist. He was a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote more than twenty books, including his best-selling and influential A People’s History of the United States. In 2007, he published a version of it for younger readers, A Young People′s History of the United States. Zinn described himself as “something of an anarchist, something of a socialist. Maybe a democratic socialist.” He wrote extensively about the civil rights and anti-war movements, and labor history of the United States. His memoir, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, was also the title of a 2004 documentary about Zinn’s life and work. For his leadership in the Peace Movement, Zinn received the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award in 1996. He received the Thomas Merton Award and, in 1998, the Eugene V. Debs Award (socialism). In 1998, he won the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction and the following year won the Upton Sinclair Award, which honors social activism. In 2003, Zinn was awarded the Prix des Amis du Monde diplomatique for the French version of his seminal work, Une histoire populaire des Etats-Unis. On October 5, 2006, Zinn received the Haven’s Center Award for Lifetime Contribution to Critical Scholarship in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2008, Howard Zinn was selected as a special senior advisor to Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, the president of the United Nations General Assembly 63rd session. Established by school teachers while he was alive, the Zinn Education Project is Howard Zinn’s legacy to middle- and high-school teachers and their students. The nonprofit organization offers classroom teachers free and low-cost teaching activities based on A People’s History and like-minded history texts. Zinn died of a heart attack in 2010, aged 87.

Historian, Playwright, Social Activist, and Democratic Socialist Howard Zinn.

 “If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” —Frederick Douglass

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Sources: BAM, Voices of a People, Wikipedia

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