The People Speak

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.

For more details, visit:

And see the following interview with Matt Damon about the event:

"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)

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
Yes! Magazine

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.

Photos: The People Speak, Live!
TimeOut Chicago

Johnny B talks to Director/Producer Chris Moore about his documentary "The People Speak"
WGN Chicago

Matt Damon leads an evening of left-leaning prose at Metro
Chicago Tribune: The Theater Loop

Kevin Coval On "The People Speak," Howard Zinn, and why the time for change is now
Huffington Post

Matt Damon and Lupe Fiasco bring "The People's History" to Chicago students
WBEZ Chicago

Matt Damon visits school in Englewood: Actor preps kids for project inspired by the progressive historian Howard Zinn
WBEZ Chicago

Please join Voices of a People's History
for a free screening of Howard Zinn's film


as part of the new Chicago Voices pilot project
with a free Educators Toolkit giveaway

Thursday, October 13, 2011
6:00 - 8:00pm

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
The University of Illinois at Chicago
800 S. Halsted (M/C 051)
Chicago, IL 60607

Free and open to the public.

Directions to the museum:

A screening of THE PEOPLE SPEAK (110 min) will be introduced by Chicago Voices project director Mariah Neuroth and poet, educator and activist Kevin Coval of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, immediately followed by an opportunity for educators to sign up for and receive on the spot the free Chicago Voices Educators Toolkit.

There are no tickets. Seating is general admission: first come, first seated.

Event details below and here:

After the screening, Chicago area public school teachers and community educators can pick up the free Chicago Voices Educators Toolkit, which includes a DVD of the film The People Speak, a preloaded 2GB carabiner USB flash drive with lesson plans, books, teaching guides, articles, and other multimedia materials for the classroom, all packaged in a cotton tote bag.

To learn more about what's in the Chicago Voices Educators Toolkit, who's eligible for a toolkit, and how to get yours, please visit:

To sign up online IN ADVANCE for the Chicago Voices Educators Toolkit, please visit:

Only one toolkit per educator and if you sign up in advance, we'll ask you for identification when you pick it up on October 13 after the screening. You can also pick up a toolkit at other Chicago Voices events throughout the year.

The People Speak is inspired by Howard Zinn's books A People's History of the United States - first published in 1980 and one of the bestselling history books in the United States - and the companion primary source anthology, Voices of a People's History of the United States, edited with Anthony Arnove.

This beautiful and moving film features the actual words (in letters, songs, poems, speeches, and manifestoes) of rebels, dissenters and visionaries from our past - and present. These dramatic moments in U.S. history are brought to life by a group of remarkable musicians and actors, including Matt Damon, Marisa Tomei, Danny Glover, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John Legend, Lupe Fiasco, Kerry Washington, David Strathairn,and many more.

The film had its broadcast premiere on The History Channel in December 2009, to critical acclaim:
"Striking, exhilaratingŠthe performances are thrilling." -Los Angeles Times
"Works beautifullyŠEach passionate reading flows out of the previous one." -Boston Globe
"A terrifically educational and entertaining film for all ages." -Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

During the 2011-2012 school year, the Chicago Voices pilot project will bring free educational resources; public performing arts programming; free documentary film screenings; and, professional development workshops to educators and students in Chicago area public schools and in community and education organizations across the city.

The Chicago Voices project is sponsored by Lannan Foundation (, a family foundation established in Chicago in 1960, now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Questions about this event or Chicago Voices? Contact


Voices of a People's History:

Chicago Voices project:

The People Speak:

Howard Zinn (1922-2010), Voices a People's History co-founder:

Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival

Kevin Coval

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum