Tamiment Library Oral Histories

Jack O’Dell (1923-), also known as Hunter Pitts O’Dell, was a Communist Party organizer, a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a civil rights activist.  O’Dell was involved in Jesse Jackson’s 1984 presidential campaign, as well as a numerous civil rights organizing events throughout the United States.  He currently lives with his wife in Vancouver.    

Danny Rubin (1931-2015) was the National Youth Secretary of the Communist Party, a civil rights activist and was once called “the most dangerous man in America to American youth” by J. Edgar Hoover.