Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryHoward Zinn taught at Spelman College and Boston University where he had an extraordinary influence on his students’ understanding of history and their role in the world. Known everywhere as the author of A People’s History of the United States, Zinn was not only a scholar and a writer. Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher highlights Zinn’s lasting impact as a professor.

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Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Marian Wright Edelman | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryHoward Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Marian Wright Edelman | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“He was a very creative, magical teacher. He taught us how to think for ourselves, to analyze, to question what we read, and speak truth to power. He was just engaging in every way. . .”
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Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Annette Jones White | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Annette Jones White | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History “I no longer saw myself as just a tiny part of an isolated struggle to end discrimination in Albany, Georgia.” Read more.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Georgianne Thomas | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

I loved Dr. Zinn. He made history come alive and I hated history back then. I regret dropping out of the volunteer Chinese class he was teaching in the 1960s.

He helped many of us who marched for freedom through his encouraging words. We have included him in our award-winning documentary, Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964. Please visit our site, www.footsoldiers1964.com, and see the trailer to the movie.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Georgianne Thomas | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Dr. Georgianne Thomas (R) and her daughter, Alvelyn Sanders, are producers of the film Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964.
Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Alice Walker | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Alice Walker | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History “Howard Zinn was magical as a teacher. Witty, irreverent, and wise, he loved what he was teaching and clearly wanted his students to love it also.” Read more.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - John Ingersoll | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Howard was a spellbinding teacher, speaking softly and slowly, gradually building his thesis and leaving you mesmerized and inspired. I was already pro-civil rights and anti-Vietnam War but he deepened and enriched my dedication to those movements. He changed my life.

After Selma I asked his help in getting a teaching job at a black college and it turned out to be Spelman (1965–69), where I met my wife of 44 years.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - John Ingersoll | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Howard Zinn was one of the two most powerful moral influences on my life. The other was Rev. Jack Mendelsohn of Arlington Street Church.

John Ingersoll is retired from Emory University.
Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Barbara Mutnick | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Barbara Mutnick | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History “He was very nonsectarian and felt small differences shouldn’t keep groups from working together.” Read more.
Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Gail Lelyveld | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“’You have to take this guy’s class, he is wonderful.’ Well, one must do what one’s father says, right?” Read more.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Ginny Hildebrand | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Ginny Hildebrand | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“His natural humility combined with his fervor for peace and human rights helped me believe that we could be better people and build a better world.” Read more.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Murray Rosenblith | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's Historytoday_rosenblith“Howard’s classes gave me a deeper appreciation for the history of the generations of activists before me and inspired my curiosity to learn more. . .” Read more. Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Michael Stavros | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryHoward Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Michael Stavros Today | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“His students loved him—students all over Boston loved him, because he stood up for us—he stood up for the truth.” Read more.
 Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Alan Ginden | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Dr. Zinn was my favorite professor at Boston University. He inspired me to study and learn more than I could have imagined. My most memorable moment was during one of the anti-Vietnam protests on Commonwealth Ave. when he participated with all of the students.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Liz Randol | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Liz Randol | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“He was so popular because he didn’t speak down to students, and he had such a wry and funny sense of humor.” Read more.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - William Holtzman | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryHoward Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - William Holtzman | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“To me, this was vintage Howard Zinn: honest, courageous, and right on target.” Read more.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - David Schaff | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

“In the spirit of education via the ‘act,’ one of my fondest memories of Howard’s teaching is his advocacy for us to stand up for our beliefs on the picket line.” Read more.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Philip Read | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
“A remarkable man whose faith in his message never wavered and rightly so.” Read more.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Sarah Kain | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Sarah Kain | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“He asked us if we were going to hit the streets or not!” Read more.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher: Vicente Carbona | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryHoward Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher: Vicente Carbona | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryI was ten years-old when my family emigrated from fascist Spain to Boston in 1966. Adapting to American culture and society was difficult at first; I worked hard in Boston Public Schools and made it to college. But it wasn’t until I studied with Howard Zinn at BU (1974-78) that I finally came to truly love America. Because Professor Zinn helped me understand that in America, you have the right and the duty to fight against injustice; that political ideology is secondary to moral and ethical truths; and that the constant struggle for fairness and equality is a fulfilling and liberating endeavor. Howard Zinn played no small part in making me the person I am today. I am indeed fortunate and grateful to have known him.

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher--David Detmer | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher--David Detmer | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“His classes, though rich in content, were fun, and my sense was that nearly everyone in them, no matter what their political orientation, not only learned a lot, but also had a good time in doing so.” Read more.

 

 

 

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher: Gene Roman | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher: Gene Roman | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryAs I grew into adulthood, I discovered that most activists of the left or the right, tend to be dour, sullen and depressing to be around. Zinn taught me how to tread lightly amidst some serious mishegos. He was fun to be around, enjoyed laughing and did not fall into the trap of giving loyalty to some orthodoxy. People, community, and fellowship first. How else could he have gotten that wonderful gal, Roslyn, to marry him? A Jewish kid from Brooklyn. How could I not like him?

Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - David Colapinto | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryHoward Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - David Colapinto | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“Even when faced with the prospect of an unjust termination from BU, Howard Zinn invariably remained optimistic. . . . With steady calm, he reminded us about the importance of social and political movements and how the history of those movements in America applies to every day life.” Read more. Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Jeff Booth | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“To see him do this time and again was inspirational and a lesson in serious organizing.” Read more.
Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Nadine Dolby | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryHoward Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Nadine Dolby | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“He would lecture for a little while and then it was an open forum for students to talk and challenge him. He enjoyed being challenged. It kept him fresh and it kept him on his toes. . .” Read more. Howard Zinn: Our Favorite Teacher - Suzanne Baker | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“Howard’s calm, quiet insistence on doing what was right and taking a stand are lessons that have stayed with me for a lifetime.” Read more.
Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Stewart Shulman | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Stewart Shulman | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“He told me about why he and Roz decided this was a country worth fighting for. . .” Read more. Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher (Series) - Roger Ochoa | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
“Taking Howard’s advice, I decided to question authority, sit down with Professor Zinn, and challenge my C+.” Read more.

 

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