Jack O'Dell

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Jack O'Dell "is one of the most important yet unsung heroes of the American social change movement. In a 50-year career, he organized labor unions, wrote the first anti-Vietnam War editorial in a black periodical, and played critical roles in numerous civil rights campaigns. He held a leadership position in Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Determined to sabotage the civil rights movement, former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover used O'Dell's Communist Party membership to force him to step down." [1]

Related Books

  • Nikhil Pal Singh, "Learn Your Horn" : Jack O'Dell And the Black Freedom Movement (University of California Press 2009).

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Jack O’Dell: Attacking the Civil Rights Movement, Tracked in America, accessed July 24, 2008.
  2. Advisory Board Members, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, accessed July 24, 2008.
  3. Directors, The Other Economic Summit, accessed March 3, 2009.