Howard Zinn at 100

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922–January 27, 2010). To celebrate and highlight his life’s work, we share the various ways organizations, publishers, and individuals are honoring his legacy throughout the year. Let us know if you have any plans to commemorate the centennial. The options are endless. You could make available chapters or prefaces that haven’t been released in a digital format or were written posthumously. Making a DVD available online for free streaming. Create a display at your institution. Host a panel or book talk. Write an op-ed. Also, be sure to use the hashtag #HowardZinn100 on social media. For inspiration, check out what is planned so far. We will update details as they become available.


Collaborations

Howard Zinn Centennial Event Week, Aug. 23-25

HowardZinn.org, Zinn Education Project, Tamiment Library, Busboys and Poets, and Voices of a People’s History presented a week of events to celebrate Howard Zinn’s 100th birthday. Highlights and recordings are available online:


FREE E-BOOK

A Life of Activism: Howard Zinn in His Own Words – Selected Writings for the Centennial

Beacon Press, Haymarket Books, The New Press, and Seven Stories Press are offering a free-book, A Life of Activism: Howard Zinn in His Own Words – Selected Writings for the Centennial.


Free “Read Zinn” Bookmarks and Buttons

Beacon Press, Haymarket Books, The New Press, and Seven Stories Press are offering free “Read Zinn” bookmarks and buttons for your institution, library, or bookstore. Supplies are limited.

 

Organizations and Individuals


Alternative Radio

Featured classic Howard Zinn broadcasts in August 2022. Listen online at alternativeradio.org/radio-show/podcast/ or subscribe to the podcast.

  • July 26 • A People’s History of the U.S. [Part 1]
  • Aug. 2 • A People’s History of the U.S. [Part 2]
  • Aug. 9 • Second Thoughts on the First Amendment
  • Aug. 16 • Q & A in Albuquerque
  • Aug. 23 • American Exceptionalism
  • Aug. 30 • Three Holy Wars

Beacon Press

In collaboration with other publishers, offering free “Read Zinn” bookmarks and buttons for your institution, library, or bookstore. Supplies are limited.

Co-releasing an e-book sampler from a number of Howard Zinn titles.



Books Through Bars

Books Through Bars is sending copies of A People’s History of the United States out to incarcerated people.


Bookshop.org

Bookshop.org featured the Howard Zinn Book List in August 2022.


Busboys and Poets

Co-sponsored the panel, “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: People’s Historians and Artists Commemorate Howard Zinn’s 100th Anniversary,” on Wed., Aug. 24.



Center for Global Justice

On Monday, Sept. 19, the Center for Global Justice will host “The People Speak: A Tribute to Howard Zinn,” film and discussion. Watch event online or register for a Zoom.


City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco

City Lights Bookstore will have a window display featuring Howard Zinn’s work.


The F-Word: A Feminist Handbook for the Revolution

Melody Berger and PM Press granted permission to publish a 2008 interview with Howard Zinn who discusses civil disobedience, outlaws versus criminals, social movements, labor organizing, and hope.


HarperCollins

HarperCollins will offer 1,000 free e-books of A People’s History of the United States to educators through their e-newsletters and to National Council for the Social Studies members.



Haymarket Books

In collaboration with other publishers, offering free “Read Zinn” bookmarks and buttons for your institution, library, or bookstore. Supplies are limited.

Co-releasing an e-book sampler from a number of Howard Zinn titles.


HowardZinn.org

Launched Howard Zinn Digital Collection, a searchable bibliography of materials by and about Howard Zinn, including books, articles, letters, films, audio, and photos from publishers, broadcasters, organizations, archives, libraries, and personal holdings.

Published a Howard Zinn Photo Gallery organized by time period.

Created the Howard Zinn Audio Visual Timeline that features 40+ audiovisual clips with Zinn from the 1960s-2010s.

Organized a week of events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work. Read more.


Kronos Quartet

On Aug. 24, the Kronos Quartet released a short musical tribute to Howard Zinn on Soundcloud and YouTube.


The Laura Flanders Show

The Laura Flanders Show will feature centenary coverage.


Media Burn: Independent Video Archive

Media Burn will host filmmakers Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller as part of their Virtual Talks with Video Activists series discussing their biopic, “Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.”


The Midwestern Archivist

Granted rights to HowardZinn.org to publish “Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest,” Zinn’s influential article urging archivists to: “One, engage in a campaign to open all government documents to the public. . . . And two, that they take the trouble to compile a whole new world of documentary material, about the lives, desires, needs, of ordinary people.”


The New Press

On Aug. 24, released a paperback edition of Truth Has a Power of Its Own with a new cover. From the Foreword by Ray Suarez: “In the nearly forty years since the first edition of A People’s History appeared, Zinn’s critics have tried to sandbag him. Some complain that his iconoclasm, his tearing down of long-revered heroes, and his corrections to the record leave only a dreary slog through centuries of oppression, struggle, and suffering. Well, a historian’s job is to find out what actually happened. The horrors are there all right, and Zinn is clear-eyed and persistent in forcing us to look at them.”

In collaboration with other publishers, offering free “Read Zinn” bookmarks and buttons for your institution, library, or bookstore. Supplies are limited.

Co-releasing an e-book sampler from a number of Howard Zinn titles.


New York Public Library

The New York Public Library hosted the online event “This Month a Century Ago: Howard Zinn Born” on Wednesday, August 17 featuring professors Robert Cohen and Sonia Murrow to discuss Zinn’s legacy.



NYU Tamiment Library

Newly digitized 293 audio and video recordings of Howard Zinn’s work to ensure long-term preservation and access to researchers around the world. Will be publicly available pending captioning for optimal accessibility.

Co-sponsored a week of events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work. Read more.

Organized an archivist and historian community event, “Radicalizing the Archives: Compiling a Whole New World About the Lives, Desires, and Needs of Ordinary People” on Thursday, Aug. 25 with HowardZinn.org.


Rethinking Schools

Featuring a piece by Howard Zinn in each quarterly issue of Rethinking Schools magazine.

Winter 2022: “The Scourge of Nationalism
Spring 2022: “Empire or Humanity?
Summer 2022: “Don’t Despair About the Supreme Court
Fall 2022: “Eugene Debs and the Idea of Socialism


Seven Stories Press

Releasing a new edition of A Young People’s History of the United States with a greater focus on Latino history with contributions by Ed Morales. A Spanish edition will follow in 2023.

In collaboration with other publishers, offering free “Read Zinn” bookmarks and buttons for your institution, library, or bookstore. Supplies are limited.

Co-releasing an e-book sampler from a number of Howard Zinn titles.


Taharka Brothers

Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, based in Baltimore, Maryland, released a Howard Zinn Centennial flavor, “Power of the People.”


Teaching for Change

Spotlighting Howard Zinn’s catalog of books that spans five decades.

Featuring stories by former students.

Co-sponsored a week of events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work. Read more.


Tha Truth

Professional recording artist Tha Truth is offering free copies of their album that serves as a musical version of the book A People’s History. Listen to two track below. If you would like a free copy of the full CD or a free full album digital download, you can email Tha Truth directly at ThaTruthMusic@Yahoo.com and it will be sent over to you.

Listen to tracks:
The Real History of the U.S. – Part I
The Real History of the U.S. – Part II



University of Georgia Press

Thanks to a donation from the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation, the University of Georgia Press is offering 500 free e-copies (via Edelweiss) of Rethinking America’s Past: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States in the Classroom and Beyond by Robert Cohen & Sonia Murrow to K-12 educators & teacher educators. Fill out the form below and you will receive the link to download the book via Edelweiss. (Note that you will need an Edelweiss account.)


Voices of a People’s History

Co-sponsoring a week of events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work. Read more.

Producing a performance and conversation series at Lincoln Center.

March 10: The People Sing! with J Hoard, Kellindo Parker, Lama El Homaïssi, Linda Diaz, and more
March 30: Voices conversations Donna Murch and Chenjerai Kumanyika on Black Reconstruction by W. E. B. Du Bois, hosted by Zakiya Collier, with readings by Brian Jones
April 6: Voices conversations Mahogany L. Browne and Cheryl Boyce-Taylor on Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, hosted by Zakiya Collier, with readings by Browne and Collier. More info in Voices newsletter.
May 25: Voices conversations Imani Perry and Eddie S. Glaude Jr. on the 50th anniversary of the National Black Political Convention, hosted by Zakiya Collier, with readings by Brian Jones. More info in Voices newsletter.
June 2: Voices performance of students from Maxine Greene High. More info in Voices newsletter.
• Sept. 9: A Voices performance featuring Nora Brown, Claire Danes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brian Jones, Margaret Odette, Susan Pourfar, Monica Raymund, Peter Sarsgaard, and more. Free and open to the public. Learn more.

Presenting “In the Classroom with Voices of a People’s History with the Center for Educators and Schools” on July 27. More info and registration at Eventbright.


Working Class History

Working Class History produced a double podcast episode about Howard Zinn, in his own words. Both parts are available on their website and on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and every other major podcast app.


Zinn Education Project

Launching a series of people’s historians throughout the year — including those who preceded Howard Zinn and others who are amplifying an understanding of people’s history today.

Featuring Howard Zinn’s writing about prisons and with prisoners.

Co-sponsored a week of events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work. Read more.

Hosted a teachers workshop, “Teaching Outside the Textbook About the Red Scare: Subversives in Labor Organizing and the Black Freedom Struggle,” on Tues., Aug. 23.


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