The Performances


The People Speak brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating trade unions and the eight-hour work day, advancing women’s rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day.

Since 2003, there have been more than 100 performances in over 20 U.S states. Performers range from students and community organizers to artists such as Black Thought from The Roots, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Steve Earle, Wyclef Jean, Sarah Jones,  Robert Redford, Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo, Wallace Shawn, Patti Smith, Kurt Vonnegut, Kerry Washington, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, and Alfre Woodard.