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May 31st, 6:00 pm, at TEAM Englewood High School, Auditorium
6201 S Stewart Ave, Chicago, IL 60621
Free and open to the public | Free lot parking | CTA: 63rd red line, Halsted green line, #63 bus
Hosted by Kevin Coval, featuring Ameena Matthews of The Interrupters; Louder Than a Bomb All-Star Malcolm London; TEAM Englewood's student poets, musicians, and artists; DJ Itch 13; and special guests to be announced
Closing out the first year of the "Chicago Voices of a People's History" arts and education initiative, a live performance of "The People Speak" will take place at TEAM Englewood High School May 31. Bringing to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who made the United States what it is today, the evening will feature students engaged in "people's history" curriculum alongside noted Chicago poets and activists, for dramatic readings and musical performances of the words and songs of rebels from America’s past.
And see the following interview with Matt Damon about the event: http://www.ctunet.com/blog/ctu-interviews-actor-activist-matt-damon
In memory of Howard Zinn (1922-2010) and in appreciation of his life's work, the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation would like to share excerpts from an interview we conducted with Howard Zinn on December 8, 2008.
Original page: http://vimeo.com/9323456
Empowerment in the Classroom
How do we teach high school students to see themselves as protagonists in history? One idea involves Lupe Fiasco, Matt Damon, and the late Howard Zinn.
by Yana Kunichoff
On Chicago's far Southeast side, past streets lined with boarded up buildings and 24-hour liquor stores, ten high school students buzzing with nervous energy enter a room full of adults—who may be just as excited as they are.
The school is Team Englewood High School, located in one of the city's poorest communities, and the students are part of a group that will perform a local spinoff performance of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States in the spring.
"If you don't have that sense of how things have changed in the past, it would be very easy to despair about the present," says Anthony Arnove, co-editor, along with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People's History of the United States. in that book, Arnove helped organize the words of historical figures, rebels and visionaries—readings that keenly showed how voices from the past can and do speak directly to the present.
Arnove is also co-director (with Howard Zinn and Chris Moore) of The People Speak.
(Video courtesy of The Nation magazine)