The Howard Zinn Legacy • Boston University Alumni Weekend

Howard Zinn’s life’s work as an activist, historian, and educator touched the lives of innumerable people. As alumni reflect on their experiences, is pleased to share ways you can continue to engage in the legacy of Zinn’s life and work.

If you have a memory to share about learning from Howard Zinn either inside or outside the classroom, please submit your story.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher

Howard Zinn taught at Spelman College and Boston University where he had an extraordinary influence on his students’ understanding of history and their role in the world. Known everywhere as the author of A People’s History of the United States, Zinn was not only a scholar and a writer. Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher highlights Zinn’s lasting impact as a professor.

If you have a story to share about learning from Howard Zinn either inside or outside the classroom, please submit your story.

Projects That Continue the Legacy

Zinn Education Project

The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country. The project offers free lessons for middle and high school, teacher study groups, workshops, “this day in history” posts, and campaigns on key issues including climate change and Reconstruction. The Zinn Education Project has close to 150,000 teachers registered at its website and is actively defending the right to teach people’s history in the face of “anti-CRT” laws.

Voices of a People’s History

Voices of a People’s History of the United States brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions and the eight hour work day, advancing women’s rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past — and present — Voices seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice. is the official Howard Zinn website that provides online access to articles, interviews, and other works by and about Howard Zinn. The website features a searchable bibliography of materials by and about Howard Zinn, and announcements about events based on Zinn’s work.

Howard Zinn at 100

Centennial Events

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.


If you have questions about ways you can promote and support this legacy work, please get in touch via admin [at] howardzinn [dot] org

Read, Learn, & Make History
Check out the Howard Zinn Digital Collection to search Zinn’s bibliography by books, articles, audio, video, and more.
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