Speeches and music from those who have shaped American history will be performed by none other than The Grauer School’s drama and speech classes. Presented by the Visual and Performing Arts department and directed by John Rubio, speeches ranging from Sojourner Truth to Vito Russo to Rachel Corrie will be featured at the event along with iconic protest music from across musical eras.

This particular set of speeches is inspired by two ground-breaking books, A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States, written by history teacher Howard Zinn. Zinn felt that the history books used in schools were not accurately portraying the history of The United States and compiled a book of speeches from America’s progressive voices. John Rubio describes The People Speak as an event that celebrates the tradition of initiating change. The People Speak has been featured in film version on the History Channel and is also a nationwide movement.

Join The Grauer School this Thursday, Feb. 28, in The Great Hall at 6 p.m. for an evening of speech and music inspired by America’s progressive voices.