I can UNDERSTAND pessimism, but I don't BELIEVE in it. It's not simply a matter of faith, but of historical EVIDENCE. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give HOPE, because for hope we don't need certainty, only POSSIBILITY.
‘Is This America?’: 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation
In this presidential election season, we revisit the story of how the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenged the all-white Democratic delegation 52 years ago this month and rocked the political landscape.
In August 1964, Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer gripped the nation with her televised testimony of being forced from her home and brutally beaten for attempting to exercise her constitutional right to vote.
“Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings?” she asked the credentials committee at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Upcoming Conferences and Institutes in 2016
The Zinn Education Project will play a role in the conferences listed below. We will distribute handouts, staff a booth where you can meet a representative from one of our coordinating organizations (Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change), and/or have representatives offering a workshop on teaching a people’s history. These conferences can provide a great opportunity to meet other progressive educators. Stop by to say hello.
Aug. 24, 1922: Howard Zinn Was Born
Howard Zinn, born on August 24, 1922, was a historian, author, professor, playwright, and activist. Zinn touched the lives of countless people, including his students and activists around the world. His work lives on through the Zinn Education Project, The People Speak, and Voices of a People’s History.