Jack O'Dell: The Black Freedom Movement & Ways Forward

This event was a book party for the publication of Climbin' Jacob's Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writings of Jack O'Dell edited  by NikHil Pal Singh.

Jack O’Dell is a legendary strategist and organizer, whose career spans the National Maritime Union in the 1940s, the underground left in the South in the 1950s, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

and Freedomways in the 1960s, and the Rainbow/PUSH campaigns of the 1970s and 80s. Earlier this year, many of his key essays from the past half-century were brought together in <em>Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder: ; The Black Freedom Movement Writings of Jack O’Dell.

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a racial justice, international and labor activist and writer.  He is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum.  He is the co-author with Fernando Gasparin of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice.

Nikhil Singh, a professor at New York University and author of Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy, edited and wrote the introduction to Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder.

Bill Fletcher & Nikhil Singh talk with Jack O'Dell via Skype from Vancouver
December 5, 2010

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