“The People Speak” explores social change in U.S. history

The MSU College Democrats will host a screening of the Howard Zinn documentary, “The People Speak,” on April 16 at 6 p.m. in SUB Ballroom C.


Based on Zinn’s book, “Voices of a People’s History,” the film features the actual words in letters, songs, poems, speeches and manifestos of rebels, dissenters and visionaries from United States history including Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Langston Hughes, Chief Joseph, Muhammad Ali and unknown veterans, union workers, abolitionists and other figures “never featured in high school textbooks.”


Dramatic movements from history are brought to life by performers such as Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Rosario Dawson, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan who give voices to those who worked for equality, fairness, justice and social change. The film also illustrates the relevance of these individuals’ actions in today’s society.


A panel discussion with professors Robert Rydell, Sara Rushing, Billy Smith, Dan Flory, Christine Rogers Stanton and Cindy Stillwell will follow the screening.