Video Highlights from the Howard Zinn Room Dedication

We are pleased to share video highlights from the special event on Sept. 21, 2011, to celebrate International Peace Day, dedicate the Howard Zinn Room at Busboys and Poets, and raise funds for the Zinn Education Project.

More than 300 people were inspired by the words of Jeff Zinn, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Cornel West, Dave Zirin, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Barbara Ehrenreich, and many more.

The date ended up being more significant than could have been imagined. The pall of the impending execution of death row inmate Troy Davis hung in the air. Emcee-for-the-evening Dave Zirin, led a heartfelt call of “They say death row” and the room resounded with the response of “We say hell no!”

This set the tone for an evening of action, solidarity, and inspiration. Now you can hear the moving presentations too.

The evening was hosted by Howard Zinn’s son Jeff Wolf Zinn and Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal. We thank Busboys and Poets, the speakers, staff, volunteers, supporters who helped make the night sparkle with hope and possibility.

Video excerpts

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Part I

Part II

Event photos by Jack Gordon and Rick Reinhard. The event audio, video, and technical direction by Bobby Marshall, RCM Productions. Video editing and production by Lauren Cooper. Read more.