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DETROIT – Historian and author Howard Zinn will be featured in an upcoming theatre benefit for Peace Action of Michigan. On Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. the film “Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train” will be shown at the Phoenix Theatre in the Bel-Air Center in Detroit. David Elsila, a labor journalist for 30 years and currently teaching at Wayne State University’s Labor School, will introduce the film. A discussion will follow the film.
“You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train” documents the life and times of Zinn, historian, activist and author of the best-selling classic “A People’s History of the United States.” Zinn has been a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years. Matt Damon narrates and the score includes songs by Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg and Eddie Vedder.
The film includes excerpts of interviews with Noam Chomsky, Marian Wright Edelman, Daniel Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice Walker. Chomsky said of Zinn, “It is no exaggeration to say he has changed the consciousness of a generation.”
The Phoenix Theatre is located at 10100 East Eight Mile Road in Detroit, east of Van Dyke. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the theatre box office after 6 p.m. or in advance through Peace Action of Michigan. For more information or to purchase tickets call 248-548-3920.