Thursday, January 28, 2010

Secular Prophets: Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

Mat 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Mat 10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues.
Mat 10:18 And ye will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye shall speak, for it shall be given to you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

Mat 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that publish ye upon the house-tops.
Mat 10:28 And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Mat 10:32 Whoever therefore shall confess me [Jesus = Salvation/Healing, Christ = Anointing/Responsibility] before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven.
Mat 10:33 But whoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and the author of the seminal A People's History of the United States, died today at the age of 87 of a heart attack in Santa Monica, California. He was in a swimming pool doing laps and was spotted immediately by lifeguards but died instantly.

Zinn's brand of history put common citizens at the center of the story and inspired generations of young activists and academics to remember that change is possible. As he wrote in his autobiography, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (1994), "From the start, my teaching was infused with my own history. I would try to be fair to other points of view, but I wanted more than ‘objectivity'; I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble." [Peter Rothberg, article below]

Published on Thursday, January 28, 2010 by Democracy Now!

We pay tribute to the late historian, writer and activist Howard Zinn who died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 87. Howard Zinn’s classic work A People’s History of the United States changed the way we look at history in America. It has sold over a million copies and was recently made into a television special called “The People Speak.” We remember Howard Zinn in his won words and we speak with those who knew him best: Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove.

A Tribute to the Legendary Historian
with Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove video link

Published on Thursday, January 28, 2010 by The Progressive
A Just Cause, Not a Just War
by Howard Zinn article link

Published on Thursday, January 28, 2010 by The Progressive
Remembering Howard Zinn
by Elizabeth DiNovella article link

Published on Thursday, January 28, 2010 by
A Memory of Howard
by Daniel Ellsberg article link

Published on Thursday, January 28, 2010 by The Nation
Howard Zinn: The Historian Who Made History
by Dave Zirin article link

Published on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 by The Nation
Goodbye Howard Zinn
by Peter Rothberg article link

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