By Jack O'Dell
This e-book collects for the 1st time the black freedom stream writings of Jack O'Dell and restores one of many nice unsung heroes of the civil rights circulation to his rightful position within the ancient checklist. Climbin' Jacob's Ladder places O'Dell's traditionally major essays in context and divulges how he contributed to shaping the civil rights stream. From his early years within the Nineteen Forties nationwide Maritime Union, to his pioneering paintings within the early Nineteen Sixties with Martin Luther King Jr., to his foreign efforts for the Rainbow Coalition throughout the Eighties, O'Dell used to be instrumental within the improvement of the highbrow imaginative and prescient and the associations that underpinned a number of a long time of anti-racist fight. He used to be a member of the outlawed Communist get together within the Nineteen Fifties and continued red-baiting all through his lengthy social justice occupation. This quantity is edited by way of Nikhil buddy Singh and encompasses a long creation in accordance with interviews he carried out with O'Dell on his youth and later reviews. Climbin' Jacob's Ladder presents readers with a company snatch of the civil rights movement's left wing, which O'Dell represents, and illuminates a extra radical and worldwide account of twentieth-century US heritage.
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The year 1960 was a time of change, including the presidential election that brought an end to the Eisenhower Republican admini stration. In February of that year, the sit-in movement among black students in the South, targeting segregation in public accommodations, began in Greensboro, North Carolina, and spread rapidly. —with the same predictable result. It was at this point that O’Dell began to work in the civil rights movement more or less full time. He headed a team of organizers who pulled together a benefit concert for the sit-in movement, featuring Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Pete Seeger, and Sidney Poitier.
The enduring conventional wisdom that posits inevitable global conflict has made it difficult to assess the merits of a counterfactual scenario in which the Cold War might never have been declared. S. foreign relations have been a tightly controlled, well-organized zone of elite decisionmaking staffed by those who pass through a revolving door between corporate and governmental power. This structure required maintaining a popular consensus fashioned by coercing dissent and manipulating fear of real and imagined threats to the survival of the nation-state.
By 1961, he had joined SCLC’s staff, rising quickly to become director of the New York fundraising office. He was also responsible for voter registration operations across several southern states. “ L e arn Yo ur H o rn” / 29 O’Dell’s centrality within SCLC represented something of a test case for the resiliency of anti-communist orthodoxy over the burgeoning civil rights movement. O’Dell neither concealed nor recanted his communist past: “When people in SCLC asked me if I was a member of the Communist Party,” he explains, “I would say, ‘No, but I know people in the Communist Party.