Taking Stock of Howard Zinn’s Legacy

The prolific historian passed away one year ago.

By Hatty Lee, Jamilah King Jan 28, 2011

It’s been a year since the passing of Howard Zinn. The prolific writer and historian helped mold the minds of generations of activists. His seminal work, "A People’s History of the United States," took the study of American history out of the iron grip of the academy and put it squarely in the hands of ordinary people. Zinn’s influence can be felt everywhere from Alice Walker’s writing to Amy Goodman’s radio broadcasts on Democracy Now, not to mention the countless people who’ve used his words to inspire and motivate on their own. To help honor Zinn’s legacy, we’ve rounded up videos of some of the high profile people he’s inspired, paying tribute with in his words.