Matt: I’ve been working for about a year and I’m now working at being a dad and staying home. It’s a good job.
A group of students sat in a circle sharing their poetry, perspectives and personal takes on U.S. history. It was a kind of prep for these students at TEAM Englewood High School on Chicago’s South Side; this spring they will put on a performance to highlight anonymous voices in American history.
The student project is a spinoff from Howard Zinn’s seminal book, A People’s History of the United States. Two years ago actor Matt Damon co-produced a documentary from Zinn’s material that aired on HBO. Damon’s also associated with an offshoot from Zinn's tome, a nonprofit civic engagement outfit called Voices of a People’s History.
That brought him to Englewood Tuesday afternoon.
Englewood Speaks is the name of the student performance — the only one of its kind in the city that’s connected to the Voices project.