Howard Zinn received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in history. He taught at Spelman College, where he served as an advisor to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and worked with young Civil Rights Movement activists including Alice Walker and Marian Wright Edelman. He was fired from Spelman for his support of the students, but returned in 2005 to give the commencement address.
Zinn led antiwar protests, went to Vietnam with Daniel Berrigan, and testified in Daniel Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers trial. His politically engaged life brought him into many arenas: imprisonment for civil disobedience, fights for open debate in universities, and activist work from the Vietnam era.
Zinn is the author of dozens of books, including the classic A People’s History of the United States andDeclarations of Independence. His essays have appeared in over 20 books and his plays includeEmma, Unsafe Distances, and Marx in Soho.
Zinn’s life is also the subject of an award-winning documentary, Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, narrated by actor Matt Damon.