This special edition came about after scholars presented and discussed perspectives on the important influences of Howard Zinn to education, history, and citizenship at the 2010 Midwest Peace and Justice Summit in Indianapolis.
During the 2011–2012 school year, the non-profit organization Voices of a People’s History ran a pilot project in Chicago to bring free educational resources, public performing arts programming, film screenings, and professional development workshops to educators and their students in Chicago area public schools and in community organizations.
Noam Chomsky, noted author and philosopher, and Anthony Arnove, filmmaker and editor, spoke at SUNY-New Paltz, on Dec. 4, 2011 in tribute to the legacy and life's work of Howard Zinn. This event was titled "Honoring Howard Zinn: A Historian Who Made History."
There was a standing-room-only crowd at the new Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Md., for the special event on Sept. 21, 2011 to celebrate International Peace Day, dedicate the Zinn Room, and raise funds for the Zinn Education Project.
"I had lunch with the historian Howard Zinn just a few weeks before he died in January 2010. He was chagrined about the state of affairs in the U.S. but not at all daunted. ‘If there is going to be change,’ he said, ‘real change, it will have to work its way from the bottom up, from the people themselves.'"
The writer and film maker Paul Laverty was asked recently why he and director Icíar Bollaín dedicated his new film "Even the Rain (Tambien La Lluvia)," set in Bolivia and starring Gael Garcia Bernal, to the historian Howard Zinn.