1 February, 2010 — Mathaba.net
Distinguished scholar, author, political scientist, people`s historian, activist, and son of blue-collar immigrant parents, Zinn was born on August 24, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York and died in Santa Monica, CA of a reported heart attack while swimming on January 27. He’s survived by two children, Myla Kabat-Zinn and Jeff Zinn, and five grandchildren.
He was 87, and a valued guest several times on The Lendman News Hour and Progressive Radio News Hour. He’ll be sorely missed.
Writing in CounterPunch on January 28, journalist, author and activist Harvey Wasserman called him ‘above all a gentleman of unflagging grace, humility and compassion.’
Interviewed on Democracy Now, his former student, author Alice Walker, said ‘he had such a wonderful impact on my life and on the lives of the students of Spelman and of millions of people….he loved his students.’
On the same program, Noam Chomsky spoke about Zinn during the Vietnam war period saying:
His book, The Logic of Withdrawal ‘really broke through. He was the first person to say – loudly, publicly, very persuasively – that this simply has to stop; we should get out, period, no conditions; we have no right to be there; it’s an act of aggression; pull out.’
He ‘not only wrote about (it) eloquently, but he participated in’ anti-war efforts to end the war, for civil and worker rights, and ‘any significant action for peace and justice. Howard was there. People saw him as a leader, but he was really a participant. His remarkable character made him a leader….’