Events around the country are being organized in defiance of the attempted ban on Howard Zinn‘s work in Indiana including Purdue University where former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels serves as president.
In the 1950s there was a similar effort to publicly resist censorship. Called the Green Feather Movement, students wore green feather buttons to protest the banning of Robin Hood in grade schools during the height of McCarthyism.
In support of the current efforts to protest censorship, the Zinn Education Project is producing Green Feather Movement buttons and stickers for read-in participants to wear and share. The stickers will also be distributed to thousands of teachers at the National Council for the Social Studies conference, the largest gathering of social studies teachers. To request stickers and/or contribute to their production, click here.
Below are announcements for the read-ins. We will post more as we learn about them.
The Maine Paparazzi/Radio Free Maine sponsored a Howard Zinn Read-in on Sept. 22 at the 2013 MOFGA Common Ground Country Fair in the Social and Political Action area tent. People from Maine were recruited to read from Howard Zinn’s books and/or tell of their experiences in using Howard Zinn and other radical historians in their classrooms.
A Howard Zinn Read-in will be held for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI ) faculty, staff, and students and Indianapolis citizens on the campus of IUPUI on Nov. 4, 2013. Learn more on the IUPUI Read-in website and Facebook page.
There will be a Howard Zinn Read-in at Purdue University on Nov. 5. You can watch the live stream at http://wearemany.org/zinn. Here is a description from the planning committee:
In honor of historian Howard Zinn and all the ordinary people he celebrated in his work, on Tuesday, November 5, scholars and activists from across the country will take part in a Read-in of Zinn’s work on the campus of Purdue University. The day marks the birthday of another fighter for social justice—Indiana-born labor activist, Eugene Debs.
The event will also symbolize the ongoing fightback in the United States against the privatization of public education, attacks on teachers and teachers unions, and the need for real democracy in both schools and curriculum. Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is an important text for understanding the history of underrepresented populations; the fight for the right to teach this history is never separate from the fight to improve the material lives of students, teachers, minorities and workers around the world.
Persons interested in organizing a solidarity event or accessing the Purdue event via livestream should contact event organizer Professor Tithi Bhattacharya. Read more at the Howard Zinn Read In Facebook page.