By Jack O'Dell

This publication collects for the 1st time the black freedom circulation writings of Jack O'Dell and restores one of many nice unsung heroes of the civil rights move to his rightful position within the ancient list. Climbin' Jacob's Ladder places O'Dell's traditionally major essays in context and divulges how he contributed to shaping the civil rights flow. From his early years within the Forties nationwide Maritime Union, to his pioneering paintings within the early Sixties with Martin Luther King Jr., to his foreign efforts for the Rainbow Coalition through the Eighties, O'Dell was once instrumental within the improvement of the highbrow imaginative and prescient and the associations that underpinned numerous many years of anti-racist fight. He was once a member of the outlawed Communist get together within the Nineteen Fifties and continued red-baiting all through his lengthy social justice profession. This quantity is edited via Nikhil good friend Singh and incorporates a long advent in accordance with interviews he performed with O'Dell on his youth and later stories. Climbin' Jacob's Ladder offers readers with a company seize of the civil rights movement's left wing, which O'Dell represents, and illuminates a extra radical and worldwide account of twentieth-century US history.

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