Explorations in Black Leadership

Co-Directed by Phyllis Leffler & Julian Bond

Jackson, James (1914–2007)

Jackson, a Virginian who helped start the Southern Negro Youth Congress, became a black official in the Communist Party in the 1940s and 1950s, leading to his indictment at the height of McCarthyism in 1951 for teaching about violent revolution. Afterward, he roamed the country in hiding for five years, until he surrendered and was convicted of conspiracy under the Smith Act, which was then overturned following Yates v. United States in 1957.