Thursday, January 28, 2010

HOWARD ZINN, CHAMPION OF THE OPPRESSED, DIED TODAY - From the Boston Globe
"Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and a leading faculty critic of BU president John Silber, died of a heart attack today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling, his family said. He was 87.

"'His writings have changed the consciousness of a generation, and helped open new paths to understanding and its crucial meaning for our lives,' Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, once wrote of Dr. Zinn. 'When action has been called for, one could always be confident that he would be on the front lines, an example and trustworthy guide.'"

Noam Chomsky on Howard Zinn, 1922-2010
"His writings have changed the consciousness of a generation, and helped open new paths to understanding and its crucial meaning for our lives. When action has been called for, one could always be confident that he would be on the front lines, an example and trustworthy guide."

Howard Zinn Dead, Author of ‘People’s History of the United States’ Died at 87
Hillel Italie, Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/27/howard-zinn-dead-author-o_n_439350.html

How the Great Howard Zinn Made All Our Lives Better
Harvey Wasserman, The Free Press
http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/7/2010/1803

Message from Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
Today, the world lost a leading progressive voice – Howard Zinn. Howard was the author of many books, but his “People’s History of the United States” was perhaps his best-known and most influential. His public life was exemplary, but he was also a dear, dear man and he will be sorely missed. At the Soapbox, our hearts are broken and our love and support go out to his children and grandchildren. In Howard’s name we must always strive for peace, justice and truth.

[Duchess Note: Howard Zinn, he will be greatly missed by the Progressive community. His voice spoke with such truth, intelligence and clarity on many important issues. My sincere condolences and sympathies go out to his family at this time.]

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