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Investigation of a Flame (Film)

B&W photo of Catonsville 9

On May 17, 1968 nine Vietnam War protesters, including a nurse, an artist and three priests, walked into a Catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and incinerated them with homemade napalm.

The 45-minute documentary film, Investigation of a Flame, offers an intimate look at this unlikely, disparate band of resisters — the Catonsville Nine as they came to be known — who broke the law in a poetic act of civil disobedience.…

Ella Baker: “One of the most consequential and yet one of the least honored people in America”

Source: American Radio Works
On April 24, 1968, Howard Zinn introduced organizer Ella Baker at a dinner honoring her work. Zinn described Baker as "one of the most consequential and yet one of the least honored people in America."

Howard Zinn Remembers Whitney Young Jr.

Zinn Remembers Whitney Young Jr. in "The Powerbroker"

Whitney Young Jr. (July 31, 1921 – March 11, 1971) was a civil rights leader and head of the National Urban League. In the documentary The Powerbroker (2013), Howard Zinn recalls working with Young on desegregation efforts in the South:

You can learn this from Whitney: that it’s possible to have an important post and still move out from that and join whatever movement is going on for social justice.…

Howard Zinn Guest Editorial (1968): “Refuse to play the game of silence in the midst of murder”

In this editorial, Howard Zinn nominates Eartha Kitt for Woman of the Year and Dr. Benjamin Spock for Man of the Year because “both refused to play the game” by speaking out against the Vietnam War.

Excerpt:

We’ve become fanatic about the word communist and this is part of the game.…

“The People Speak” at The 2016 People’s Summit

The People Speak at the People's Summit 2016 | HowardZinn.org

This performance of “The People Speak” was filmed at the 2016 People’s Summit, held in Chicago. Directed by Anthony Arnove, speakers included Max Carver, Rosario Dawson, Frances Fisher, Gaby Hoffmann, Helen Hong, Brian Jones, Hari Kondabolu, Allison Moorer, Kendrick Sampson, Wallace Shawn, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Charlyne Yi.…

Howard Zinn: How Racial Prejudice Can Change

Source: WNYC Radio
Recorded in the 1960s (estimate 1964-1965 based on transcript), Patricia Marx sits down with historian Howard Zinn to discuss his books, SNCC: The New Abolitionists and The Southern Mystique. Zinn describes his experiences teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1956 to 1963, and his subsequent observations on racial prejudice in the southern United States.