The Grand Rapids People’s History Project was born about a year after radical historian and author of A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn, passed away. This project seeks to use the insurgent and radical people’s history approach that Zinn developed and is being continued through the Zinn Education Project. Our goal is to do research and create media that not only gives voice to the people and movements in Grand Rapids that are often marginalized or ignored by “official” history, but provides a context for the struggles against systems of oppression that have denied people basic rights and the opportunity for collective liberation.
- The Mustache Affair in Grand Rapids, as reported on by the Commercial Media in 1966
- A Legacy of Pride and Struggle in the Grand Rapids LGBTQ Community
- Student Protests and an Unruly Audience: Earth Day 1970 in Grand Rapids
- Celebrating the Grand Rapids Furniture Workers Strike of 1911: Lessons for contemporary organizing and resistance
- Artwork highlights a People’s History in Grand Rapids – Print #12 – the struggle for LGBTQ equality in West Michigan