About Howard Zinn

A Remembrance of Howard Zinn

Tribute to Howard Zinn By Sheila Wilensky
"I first encountered Howard Zinn in 1971, when I audited his Civil Liberties course at Boston University. One day he invited students to join him after class at a Vietnam protest on the Boston Common, and I went. Impressed with Zinn’s fervent belief in the power of ordinary people to change the world, I decided to become a high school social studies teacher."

2020 Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture: Ibram X. Kendi

Banner with Boston Univ. logo, potrait of man, and event details The 2020 Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture features Ibram X. Kendi in conversation with Nina Silber on Dec. 7 at 5pm EST. Kendi is professor, anti-racist activist, and historian of race and discriminatory policy, and the founding director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is also the author of the National Book Award winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and New York Times bestselling How to Be an Antiracist.

White House Attacks Howard Zinn, the 1619 Project, and the Zinn Education Project

Trump Attacks Zinn banner At the White House Conference on American History, speakers (including President Trump) attacked Howard Zinn, the New York Times 1619 Project, and the Zinn Education Project. As Brett Wilkins reported at Common Dreams, "Educators fired back a series of tweets defending the project and accusing the president of spreading 'McCarthy-like' and 'fascist' ideas."

Why the Feds Fear Thinkers Like Howard Zinn

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By Chris Hedges • TruthDig • Aug. 2, 2010

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On Monday I will teach my final American history class of the semester to prison inmates. We have spent five weeks reading Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States.” The class is taught in a small room in the basement of the prison.…

New Edition of Zinn Autobiography, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

New edition: You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train | HowardZinn.org Beacon Press has published an new edition of Howard Zinn's 1994 autobiography You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History in which Zinn tells his personal stories about 50 years of fighting for social change. This updated version includes a foreword by professor of African American Studies and author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. We share an excerpt from the foreword.

Two Rebel Historians: Thucydides, Howard Zinn and Telling Truth for Social Good

Abraham A. Callahan has shared his paper "Two Rebel Historians: Thucydides, Howard Zinn and Telling Truth for Social Good " with HowardZinn.org. Written as an honors thesis in the Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin, Callahan compares the history writing of Thucydides and Howard Zinn.

Howard Zinn’s Southern Diary: Excerpts

Howard Zinn’s Southern Diary | HowardZinn.org The University of Georgia Press has published Howard Zinn's Southern Diary: Sit-Ins, Civil Rights, and Black Women's Student Activism by Robert Cohen with a foreword by Alice Walker. The book includes diary entries from Howard Zinn’s time teaching at Spelman College (1956-1963). Historian Robert Cohen offers a substantial overview of Zinn’s role at Spelman and other archival documents.