Lupe Fiasco and DMC are among the celebrities to appear on The People Speak, a special airing this weekend on the History Channel, putting a voice to former Boston University professor Howard Zinn’s celebrated book, The People’s History of the United States.
According to New York’s Daily News, the show—which was executive produced by actors Matt Damon and Josh Brolin—will feature a slew of stars including John Legend, Morgan Freeman, Rosario Dawson and Kerry Washington, among others.
The documentary finds the celebs retelling America’s history from the perspective of the everyday people that spoke up for social change. John Legend will recite Mohammed Ali’s speech as he headed to jail for refusing to participate in the Vietnam War and DMC will give David Walker’s argument to slaves to revolt against their masters.
Lupe spoke of Zinn’s universal appeal to New York magazine. “What he did and what he’s pushing with the movie and the books and all that, I think it’s something that crosses cultures, crosses beyond white, black, Chinese, Asian, whatever,” he said. “You know, it speaks to everybody.”
The People Speak airs on the History Channel on Sunday at 8 p.m. EST. —Elan Mancini