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.

Alternative Radio

Will feature classic Howard Zinn broadcasts in August 2022.

Will feature the Howard Zinn Book List in August 2022.

City Lights Publishing and Bookstore

In collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, City Lights Publishing and Bookstore are planning an August event in Jack Kerouac Alley.


HarperCollins will offer 1,000 free e-books of A People’s History of the United States in September for the start of fall semester and in December at the National Council for the Social Studies conference.

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.

Organizing an archivist, historian, and scholar panel, “Humanizing the Archives — Opportunities, Challenges, and Strategies,” with Tamiment Library.

Howard Zinn Book Fair 2022

The Howard Zinn Book Fair returns on Sunday, December 4, 2022, to be held in the San Francisco bay area. Stay tuned at

Kronos Quartet

Will feature Howard Zinn audio clips in 2022 performances.

The Midwestern Archivist

Granted rights to 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, will release 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.

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.

• Organizing archivist, historian, and scholar panel with for August 2022.

Rethinking Schools

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

Winter 2022: “The Scourge of Nationalism

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.

• Offering a free e-book with excerpts from Howard Zinn’s various works.

Taharka Brothers

Taharka Brother Ice Cream, based in Baltimore, Maryland, will release a Howard Zinn Centennial flavor for the month of August. Stay tuned for details!

Teaching for Change

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

• Featuring stories by former students.

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 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

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.

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.

• Hosting a Teach the Black Freedom Struggle symposium on Aug 22 or 24.

People’s Historians

John Henrik Clarke (Jan. 1, 1915-July 16, 1998)
“I saw no African people in the printed and illustrated Sunday school lessons. I began to suspect at this early age that someone had distorted the image of my people. My long search for the true history of African people the world over began.”


Howard Zinn on Prison Abolition
Excerpt Justice in Everyday Life: The Way It Really Works (1974):
“Prisons cannot be reformed, any more than slavery can be reformed. They have to be abolished.”

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