Building on the vision of the people’s historian Howard Zinn (1922–2010), Voices of a People’s History of the United States brings to life the extraordinary history of the people who built the movements to end slavery and Jim Crow, protest war, and the genocide of Native Americans, create unions and the eight-hour work day, advance women’s rights and LGBTQ+ liberation, and struggle to right wrongs of the day. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—Voices seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice
Our 2021 unGala will include three performance pieces from the Voices of a People's History of the United States project. Here are the artists who will be performing.
Martha Redbone, accompanied by Aaron Whitby
Martha Redbone is an award-winning Native & African American vocalist, songwriter, composer, and educator, known for her music gumbo of folk, blues, and gospel. Redbone’s songs and storytelling share her life experience as an Indigenous/Black woman and mother giving voice to issues of social justice, connecting cultures and celebrating the human spirit.
Laura Gómez is an actress best known for her role as Blanca Flores on the Netflix hit series Orange Is the New Black. Other credits include Law & Order SVU and Show Me a Hero as well as film, theater and voiceover work. She’s a member of Dorset Theater Festival’s “Women Artists Writing,” a collective giving agency to female voices.
A recipient of the Carolina Foundation Screenwriting Grant in Spain, she has written, produced, and directed several short films, and is currently writing the script for her first feature film. Gómez divides her time between New York and Santo Domingo.