Co-presented by BAM and the Onassis Cultural Center New York
Based on the work of Howard Zinn (1922–2010)
Directed by Anthony Arnove
In association with Voices of a People’s History
The program will consist of readings and musical performances by some of today’s leading artists including Staceyann Chin, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Deva Mahal, Frances McDormand, Peter Sarsgaard, Stew, David Strathairn, and Marisa Tomei.
Building on the work of historian Howard Zinn (1922–2010), The People Speak brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today. From 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, these movements reflect the way in which the thoughts and emotions of individuals can be channeled for a collective purpose to effect change. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past, the piece explores the continued emotional impact and resonance of these words to inspire and educate a new generation promoting social justice.
The People Speak Photo Gallery