Hark, all ye progressives (and historical “revisionists”) – Howard Zinn is appearing in the Twin Cities.
For those of us who came of age in the turbulent 1960s, Zinn was one of those people over 30 we trusted. Fired from Spelman College for reasons that included his support for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Zinn was involved in the civil-rights movement, the Vietnam War opposition and most other progressive causes.
He wrote plays and books, taught political science at Boston University and in 1980 published his most popular book, “A People’s History of the United States,” which depicted the struggles (and sufferings) of Native Americans, slaves, unionists, women, common soldiers, African Americans and others in the American experiment.
On Monday Zinn will join a group of well-known Minnesotans in an event at The College of St. Catherine’s O’Shaughnessy Auditorium that is a fund-raiser for Nonviolent Peaceforce, an international organization that sends unarmed civilians into areas ravaged by civil or sectarian strife.
Appearing with Zinn in an evening of recitations and song will be Lou Bellamy, Winona LaDuke, Tou Ger Xiong, Isabell Monk O’Connor, Dipankar Mukherjee and Melvin Carter III. Poet Robert Bly will read a poem by the late Bill Holm and music will be performed by singers Jearlyn Steele and Prudence Johnson.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. April 6 event range in price from $12 to $125. Call the O’Shaughnessy ticket office at 651-690-6700 or go to www.ticketmaster.com
Incidentally, the expression “revisionist history” has always perplexed me. Isn’t all history revisionist history? Isn’t that why it’s studied and written?