Staged Reading: Excerpts from Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States

Wright Theater

NOTE: This event was rescheduled from its original date of Feb. 12.

The Modell Lyric Education Department and the University of Baltimore's Diversity and Culture Center will present a staged reading of excerpts from Howard Zinn's landmark book A People's History of the United States in the University of Baltimore's Wright Theater, located in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are preferred. (Attendance details are listed below.) 

"The speeches, letters and poems in A People's History of the United States are testimonies that should be shared with the community," said Karla Shepherd, director of the Diversity and Culture Center. "We are pleased to partner with the Modell Lyric to present this staged reading to the students, faculty and staff at the University of Baltimore.”

"Often shocking in its revelations, A People's History of the United States is a provocative examination of U.S. history. The first-person narratives included in the book provide the perfect foundation for an interesting afternoon of theater,” said Denise Kumani Gantt, director of education at the Modell Lyric.

First published in 1980 by the legendary historian, professor, playwright author and activist, A People's History has become an integral part of study in colleges and universities, book clubs, reading groups, and community and social justice organizations across the nation. The 2005 edition of the accompanying volume, Voices of a People's History of the United States, which will be used for the staged reading, contains social-movement updates including Occupy Wall Street, marriage equality, and the DREAM Act.

The event's readers come from a cross section of backgrounds: educators, students, executives, artists, activists, clergy, and others. The reading is a partnership between the Modell Lyric and the University of Baltimore and is part of UB's annual celebration of Black History Month.

Tickets can be reserved here.

For more information about the event, contact Modell Lyric Education Manager Ron K. Williams at, or Karla Shepherd at

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Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request 10 days prior to a campus event and 30 days prior to an event requiring travel.

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