The Issue of Mr. O’Dell

Synopsis

“The Issue of Mr. O’Dell” explores the life and work of Jack O’Dell, a pioneering civil rights activist and organizer who was at one time a close colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr. A former member of the Communist Party, O’Dell was followed by the FBI, labelled the number-five Communist in America by President Kennedy, and was eventually forced out of King’s organization.

At 94 years of age, Mr. O’Dell eloquently speaks to issues concerning the civil rights struggle, both with respect to his historical involvement and to its contemporary incarnation under the stewardship of groups like Black Lives Matter. He continues to passionately address the problems of systemic racism and inequality in America.

Runtime

0:35:00

Nominations

Student Productions – Non-Fiction

Creative Team

Director(s)

Rami Katz

Producers(s)

Rami Katz

Researcher(s)

Rami Katz

Post-Secondary Institution

UBC

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