The People Speak at SummerStage Anywhere

multicolor graphic for Voices 2020 event


On Friday, June 12, 2020, join SummerStage Anywhere for a live performance of THE PEOPLE SPEAK.  From the SummerStage website:

By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—SummerStage Anywhere and VOICES seek to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice, and this is especially important right now.

The performance will feature contemporary artists and authors who will use events, music and words from our nation’s history as inspiration for new discussions. Performing excerpts by Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, James Baldwin and others will be:

  • spoken word poet, performance artist, and an LGBTQ rights and political activist Staceyann Chin;
  • Golden Globe nominee actor (film) Sleeper Cell, Barber Shop, 2 Fast 2 Furious Michael Ealy;
  • actor (television) 24, That 70s Show, The 4400, House of Lies Megalyn Echikunwoke, also known as Megalyn E.K.;
  • singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Celisse Henderson;
  • poet and the Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Marc Bamuthi Joseph; and
  • actor (television) Pose and dancer Ryan Jamaal Swain.

You can view the performance on SummerStage’s YouTube channel at Event sponsored by CapitalOne.

THE PEOPLE SPEAK is a project of VOICES, a nonprofit arts, education and social justice organization founded by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. Zinn and Arnove edited Voices of a People’s History of the United States and collaborated on the film The People Speak, which brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery, protesting war and injustice, creating unions, advancing women’s rights and LGBTQ liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day.


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