Howard Zinn: In Memoriam
January 30, 2010, 6:35 pm
Filed under: community, history, news, peace, politics, protest, resistance

 Howard Zinn: Historian of the Human Spirit

A Life Well Lived: Remembering Howard Zinn. People’s Historian

Harvey Wasserman : The Late, Great Howard Zinn

 “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

Zinn dedicated himself to the fight against forgetting and the struggle to honor history by telling the truth. For me, his work did more than pour a blazing light into the cracks of American history spackled over by the powerful to conceal the true stories that are shared by the majority of human beings: he made the invisible insurrection of the human spirit shine like a beacon in the dense fog of history.

Historian Howard Zinn: “Largest Lie” is the “U.S. War on Terrorism”

Thank You, Howard Zinn

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