Message from the Artist: Anthony Arnove on The People Speak

The goal of The People Speak is to amplify the extraordinary words of ordinary people throughout our history, especially those who have been consciously excluded from the pages of our history books and the institutions of power.

Our work embodies the spirit and honors the legacy of the revolutionary historian Howard Zinn (1922–2010). Like Zinn, we find inspiration in the speeches, manifestos, petitions, letters, poems, songs, and other expressions of those who have spoken out against injustice in the past — and so many who are doing so today.

Centering the words of people’s movements in live arts, education, and media that everyday people can access and share is essential. Because how we view the past is central to how we understand the present — and how we can bring about a different future.

—Anthony Arnove
The People Speak