Voices of a People’s History of the United States
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This Lincoln Center commission commemorates Howard Zinn’s seminal book, A People’s History of the United States, with music and spoken word performances that will bring to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people in the book: those 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 workday, advancing women's rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right the wrongs of the day.
Actors and spoken word performers, including Staceyann Chin, Brian Jones, Ani Cordero, Michael Ealy, Geoffrey Arend, Laura Gómez, and Aasif Mandvi, along with musicians Giancarlo Castillo, Brianna Thomas, and Marvin Sewell, activist Linda Sarsour, and Maxine Greene High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry student Shantel French will bring to life will bring to life original source materials from the rebels, dissenters, and visionaries of our past—and present. Anthony Arnove, coeditor with Howard Zinn of the Voices of a People's History of the United States anthology and author of the introduction to the new 35th-anniversary edition of A People's History of the United States, narrates.
About the Project
Voices seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice. This free performance kicks off the third edition of a yearlong project with New York City students at the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry, a New York City public school located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus, cofounded by Lincoln Center Education. Some of tonight’s artists will be helping students to engage with this history and develop their own interpretations of these incredible stories, culminating in a performance of their own work at the Atrium on May 17, 2018.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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