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Homer's Odyssey is a stirring chronicle that traces Dr. Jack's remarkable life and career, from his family's immigrant origins in Rochester, NY, ...
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Homer's Odyssey is a stirring chronicle that traces Dr. Jack's remarkable life and career, from his family's immigrant origins in Rochester, NY, and his parish in Evanston, IL, to his global missions and appearances on the world stage at the U.N.
As a Unitarian clergyman, civil rights activist, and peace organizer, Dr. Homer A. Jack participated in many of the leading human rights struggles of the 20th century. As a student in the 1930s he visited Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia and warned against rising totalitarianism. In the 1940s he helped found CORE and took part in the first sit-in against racial discrimination and the first Freedom Ride.
In the 1960s, as Executive Director of SANE, he coordinated the national campaign against testing of atomic and hydrogen bombs which culminated in the nuclear test ban treaty signed by President Kennedy. As social action director of the Unitarian Universalist Assoc., he led a delegation of 100 ministers on the front lines of Selma. In the 1970s and 1980s Jack served as Secretary-General of the World Conference on Religion and Peace and founded the NGO Committee on Disarmament at the U.N. In the 1990s, he served as an elder statesman of the peace movement at his home in Swarthmore, PA.