May 11, 2010
Here at ACE, we add our voice to the nationwide tribute of Howard Zinn, who led by his example and inspired us and several generations of American activists.
“He so believed in America that he believed it could transcend itself. He lifted up alternative futures, and insisted they were possible.”
- —James Carroll, The Boston Globe, February 1, 2010
On January 27, 2010, the world lost one its most outspoken voices for social justice, historian and activist Howard Zinn. Best known as the author of A People's History of the United States, Zinn dedicated his life to the telling of history from the perspective of those who stood in opposition to the schemes of the powerful: those who fought against slavery and Jim Crow, who opposed war and militarism, who participated in the struggles of the working class, who demanded equality for women and the LGBTQ community, and many others.
He sought to use history in service of the creation of a more just world, once explaining, "I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it." Read more...