Interview with Alice Walker about Howard Zinn.
0:15Copy video clip URL Alice Walker talks about her time as a student at Spelman College and her travels to Russia. Upon her return from Russia, she enrolled in a Russian Literature class being taught by Howard Zinn. “And I did a paper on Dostoevsky and Tolstoy and he really really appreciated it and I think that was the foundation of our friendship.”
3:31Copy video clip URL Alice Walker explains why Zinn was such a great teacher. She says that he was funny and a skilled spontaneous speaker.
5:57Copy video clip URL Walker talks about how Zinn’s strength as a teacher was rooted in his passion for literature and his ability to be moved by it.
7:36Copy video clip URL Walker says that Zinn embodied the essence of the revolutionary spirit.
9:15Copy video clip URL Walker details the conflict between Zinn and the Spelman College administration.
10:12Copy video clip URL Alice Walker talks about how the Zinn home was always open to students when Howard and Ros were living in Atlanta.
12:33Copy video clip URL Walker talks about Roslyn Zinn. “I can’t imagine him without Ros.” She says Ros was a very kind, generous, thoughtful person.
16:33Copy video clip URL Walker discusses Zinn as a teacher. “Part of the way that he brought in the real world was that he brought in a real Howard Zinn.” She wishes all teachers were as honest with their students as Howard was.
19:21Copy video clip URL Alice Walker says that Zinn was committed and connected to his family, his community, and his origins throughout his life and that gave him strength.
21:17Copy video clip URL Walker responds to academic criticism of Zinn’s writing style.
23:15Copy video clip URL Walker says that “in the Buddhist way of looking at this, we would say that Howie is empty.” She says he’s not attached to how other perceive him.
26:26Copy video clip URL Walker praises Brian Jones’s portrayal of Marx in Zinn’s play “Marx in Soho.” She says the play shows Ros’s influence on Howard.