SHOWS

VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY

SummerStage is thrilled to collaborate with VOICES, a non-profit arts, education and social justice organization founded by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.  Together, Zinn and Arnove edited the book Voices of a People’s History of the United States, which brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today.  Those movements have ended slavery, protested war, created unions, advanced women’s rights and LGBTQ liberation, and today continue the struggle to right wrongs.

 

Five SummerStage VOICES programs in parks around the city will feature contemporary artists who will use music and words from our nation’s history as inspiration for new discussions. The series will culminate in a final performance in Central Park on Tuesday, August 28 with live readings, dialogue, music, and celebration.

 

See below for our complete schedule and program.

 

VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY

SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES

Saturday, June 30 – 6-7pm
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn
Featuring: Staceyann Chin
Born in Jamaica and longtime resident of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Staceyann Chin is a highly respected spoken word poet, performance artist, and an LGBTQ rights and political activist.

Performing a selection of work by:  Angela Davis, Speech to the Women’s March (2017), Marge Piercy, “the low road” (1977), Howard Zinn, “The Problem Is Civil Obedience” (1970)
Followed by a SummerStage concert from Talib Kweli / Oshun, 7-9pm

Sunday, July 15 – 4-5pm
Queensbridge Park, Queens
Featuring: Dres of Black Sheep
Raised in Astoria and Flushing, Queens, Dres is an American hip hop artist, known for being the lead rapper of the alternative hip hop duo Black Sheep before recording as a solo artist.

Performing a selection of work by: Malcolm X, Speech in Detroit, Michigan (1963), Public Enemy, “Fight the Power” (1990), Howard Zinn, “The Problem Is Civil Obedience” (1970)
Followed by a SummerStage concert from the Jungle Brothers and Friends O.C., Kool DJ Red Alert, with special guests DJ KOOL FLASH and more, 5-7pm

Saturday, July 21– 4-5pm
Corporal Thompson Park, Staten Island
Featuring: Lemon Andersen
A native New Yorker from Brooklyn, Lemon Andersen is a playwright, television writer, brand creative, and Tony Award-winning poet.

Performing a selection of work by: Yuri Kochiyama, “Then Came the War” (1991), Gustavo Madrigal-Piña, “Undocumented and Unafraid” (2011), Howard Zinn, “The Problem Is Civil Obedience” (1970)
Followed by a SummerStage concert from Las Cafeteras / M.A.K.U. Soundsystem / iBomba (DJs Ushka & Beto), 5-7pm

Saturday, August 4 – 4-5pm
Crotona Park, Bronx
Featuring: muMs aka Craig Grant
Raised in the Bronx, Craig muMs Grant is an internationally known spoken word artist and American poet, actor, and playwright best known for his role of Poet on the HBO hit show Oz.

Performing a selection of work by: Dr. Martin Luther King, Speech at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (1967), Public Enemy, “Fight the Power” (1990), Howard Zinn, “The Problem Is Civil Obedience” (1970)
Followed by a SummerStage concert from Sister Nancy & Shinehead with DJ Misbehaviour, 5-7pm

Wednesday, August 15 – 6-7pm
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem
Featuring: Celisse Henderson
Born in Oakland, California, and residing in New York City, Celisse Henderson is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer, and spoken word artist.

Performing a selection of work by: Nina Simone, “Four Women” (1978), Nina Simone, “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” (Written by Billy Taylor & Dick Dallas) (1963), Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” (1978), Howard Zinn, “The Problem Is Civil Obedience” (1970)
Followed by a SummerStage concert from Alice Smith / Akala / DJ Stormin Norman, 7-9pm

Tuesday, August 28 – 7-10pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Join us on August 28, the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington, at this special event in Central Park featuring live readings and music in a celebration of resistance and radical struggle. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—SummerStage and VOICES seek to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice.