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The People Speak

March 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The People Speak

Based on the work of Howard Zinn (1922–2010)
Directed by Anthony Arnove
In association with Voices of a People’s History
Co-presented by BAM and the Onassis Cultural Center New York
Part of Onassis Programs at BAM

Readings and performances by:
Staceyann Chin
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Brian Jones
Talib Kweli
Aasif Mandvi
Frances McDormand
Stew, Heidi & The Von Trapped
Martha Redbone
Peter Sarsgaard
David Strathairn
Marisa Tomei
And more artists to be confirmed

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
—Frederick Douglass

Some of today’s leading performers and artists give voice to those figures neglected by history. The People Speak builds on the work of historian Howard Zinn (1922–2010) to bring to life the extraordinary contribution of women, African-Americans, Native Americans, immigrants, and laborers 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 work day, advancing women’s rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day.

By giving public expression, in the form of music and readings, to these rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past, The People Speak works to educate and inspire a new generation of people working for social justice.


March 21
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY United States
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