Here actor Tim Robbins reads from Martin Duberman's account of what became known as the Stonewall Riots, in New York City, on June 28, 1969.

Tim Robbins is introduced by Howard Zinn at the 92nd Street Y celebration of Young People's History on May 13, 2009. Produced by Voices of a People's History ( in collaboration with Seven Stories Press. (

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Here's what Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove had to say about Stonewall in their introduction to this reading in their book Voices of a People's History of the United States (Seven Stories Press 2004; see:

//One of the most important moments of resistance from the 1960s was the Stonewall Rebellion. On the night of June 27–28, 1969, a multiracial group of gays who had gathered at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village resisted when police sought to shut down the bar (allegedly for serving alcohol without a license) and to arrest patrons. They fought back, as the historian Martin Duberman recounts here, and, in doing so, helped spur a new, more militant phase of the struggle for gay liberation.//

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