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  1. Ameena Matthews performs Sojourner Truth, "Ain't I A Woman" (1851)

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    Ameena Matthews, now known across the United States and worldwide from the documentary The Interrupters (http://interrupters.kartemquin.com), here reads from abolitionist Sojourner Truth's 1851…

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    • The People Speak tribute to Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

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      After Howard Zinn passed away on January 27, 2010, his friends and colleagues at The People Speak put together this short tribute to him from behind-the-scenes footage and interviews shot for Howard's…

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      • Maritza Cervantes reads Stella Nowicki, Back of the Yards (1933)

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        Maritza Cervantes, teacher, actor and founding member of the band The Luna Blues Machine, reads from Stella Nowicki's oral history about living, working and organizing a union in the meatpacking…

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        • Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn's speech "The Problem is Civil Obedience" (November 1970)

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          Matt Damon, a lifelong friend of Howard Zinn and his family, read excerpts from a speech Howard Zinn gave in 1970 as part of a debate on civil disobedience. This performance was part of "The…

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          • Lupe Fiasco reads from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Petition Against the War in Vietnam (July 28, 1965)

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            This performance took place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as part of the Voices of a People's History show at the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, on July 7, 2009.…

          • Michael Ealy reads J.W. Loguen, Letter to Mrs. Sarah Logue (March 28, 1860). Introduced by Dave Zirin.

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            Dave Zirin introduces actor Michael Ealy as he reads from a letter written by a former slave who became an abolitionist activist and a leader on the Underground Railroad. Freed slaves and fugitive…

          • Kevin Coval reads Nelson Algren's "Chicago: City on the Make" (1951)

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            Poet Kevin Coval is Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors and a co-founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival. Here he reads from Nelson Algren's 1951 essay on Chicago,…

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            • Malcolm London reads Fred Hampton, Power Anywhere Where There’s People (1969)

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              Malcolm London, a teaching artist at Young Chicago Authors and a Louder Than a Bomb All Start, reads from Fred Hampton's 1969 speech at Olivet Church in Chicago. This performance was part…

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              • Alana Arenas reads Sylvia Woods, You Have To Fight For Freedom (1919)

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                Alana Arenas, a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble, reads from Sylvia Woods' recollection of her childhood in Louisiana at the start of the twentieth century. This performance was part…

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                • Tim Robbins reads Martin Duberman, "Stonewall"

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                  Tim Robbins reads Martin Duberman's account of the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969. Introduced by Howard Zinn. At the 92nd Street Y celebration of Young People's History on May 13, 2009.

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                  • Wallace Shawn Plays and Essays Live Readings

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                    Plays and Essays of Wallace Shawn The Author and Friends Read from his Work with Wallace Shawn, Deborah Eisenberg, Emily McDonnell, Josh Hamilton, Mark Strand, Sakina Jaffrey, Bob Balaban, Fran Lebowitz,…

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                    • Video preview of The People Speak -- documentary based on A People's History of the United States (DVD out February 23, 2010)

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                      The People Speak, a documentary based on Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking books A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States, featuring…

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