Film clip. June Jordan’s “Speech Against the Gulf War” (1991) read by Kathleen Chalfant. From “Voices of a People’s History of the United States.”
June Jordan wrote about the lives of ordinary people — their loves, desires, struggles, and passions. She was an internationalist who was committed to breaking down boundaries of nation and ethnicity. On February 21, 1991, the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, she spoke at a rally in Hayward, California against the war in the Gulf.
June Jordan’s speech is read by Kathleen Chalfant on May 2, 2007, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York, NY. The excerpt is from Voices of a People’s History of the United States edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.