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." 
- Advisory Board, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism 
- Senior Scholar (2002), Institute for Policy Studies
- Honorary Advisor, The Other Economic Summit USA 
- Nikhil Pal Singh, "Learn Your Horn" : Jack O'Dell And the Black Freedom Movement (University of California Press 2009).