David McReynolds, 1928-2018
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/01/2019
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23481
Obituary and memoir of leftist activist David McReynolds.
Strictly speaking, David wasn't an "Old Leftist" - that label was affixed to members of the Socialist Party (SP), Communist Party (CP) or the Trotskyist groups of the 1930s and 1940s. David was in between the Old and New Lefts, joining both the SP and the radical-pacifist War Resisters League (WRL) in 1951.
Davids main inspiration was the Communist-turned-socialist-pacifist Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), who by 1949 was the organizer for "race relations" in the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), an interfaith nonviolent action organization.