People’s Historian: Lerone Bennett Jr.

For the Howard Zinn Centennial, we are highlighting people’s historians who preceded Howard Zinn and those who are expanding the field today. One historian we feature is Lerone Bennett Jr., who was senior editor of Ebony magazine.
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Teaching People’s History Is Under Attack

This year, back-to-school season arrives with continued attacks on teachers and bans on accurate history. Challenging traditions of white supremacy was central to Reconstruction and still is today, as the Right tries to quell surges in democracy and justice.
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Howard Zinn Centennial Week Events

Throughout the week of the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s birth on Aug. 24, 1922, there will be events for educators, archivists, and the wider community to learn from Zinn’s life and work — and to share the many ways that people continue to document and share people’s history.
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Prentiss Charney Fellows 2022–2023

Meet the first class of Prentiss Charney Fellows of the Zinn Education Project for the 2022-2023 school year. The fellowship offers support for a cohort of people’s history educator leaders to study, learn, and organize together for one year.
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Howard Zinn Centennial

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s birth on August 24, 1922, in Brooklyn. Although Howard died in 2010, his work continues to inform and inspire educators around the world.
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Juneteenth: Teaching Outside the Textbook

Juneteenth — June 19th, also known as Emancipation Day — is one of the commemorations of people seizing their freedom from slavery in the United States. Yet, if the right wing has its way, it will be illegal to teach students about Juneteenth.
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Climate Chaos Is Crashing Through the World

It is urgent that educators of conscience commit ourselves to equipping our students to recognize the breadth of the climate emergency, to probe its social and economic causes, and to come to see themselves as activists for a just society and a stable climate.
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There Is Power in Numbers

We need to expose the right's agenda and be visible in our defense of teaching people's history. Don't let the right control the narrative. We ask EVERYONE (including YOU) reading this news post to participate in the #TeachTruth Days of Action all summer long.
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Teach Truth Days of Action 2022

Teachers and allies across the country pledged to teach truth on June 11 and 12, 2022. They made their pledges at historic sites to provide examples of the history that teachers would be required to lie about or omit if the GOP anti-history bills become law.
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Memorial Day, originally published in the New York Times. Used here with permission of the artist Owen Freeman.

People’s History of Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day weekend, we feature two articles: one about the early origins of the holiday, led by African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina after the Civil War, and the second by Howard Zinn urging us to "destroy the weapons of death that . . . threaten our children and grandchildren."
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