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A. Philip Randolph, Civil Rights and Labor Activist

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
When African American posrters working for the staunchly anti-union Pullman Company decided to organize in the 1920s, they turned to Harlem labor activist Asa Philip Randolph, who had established his reputation as an eloquent sopbox orator and cofounder of The Messenger, the “only radical Negro magazine in America.” Officially launched in August, 1925, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by Randolph, battled Pullman's union-busting tactics for twelve years, winning the respect of the hitherto all-white affiliates of the American Federation of Labor. In 1937, Randolph finally obtained a contract from Pullman for better wages and working conditions, the first agreement ever negotiated between a major corporation and an all-black union. Randolph went on to successfully campaign against racial discrimination in the armed forces and defense industries and to organize the famous 1963 March on Washington. He is now regarded as the greatest black labor leader in American history and an influential figure in the civil rights movement.
“Freedom is never given; it is won.” - Keynote speech, Second National Negro Congress, 1936

A. Philip Randolph Images of Labor -Wall Poster
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A. Philip Randolph
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A. Philip Randolph

“The essence of trade unionism is social uplift. The labor movement traditionally has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor.”
-A. Philip Randolph

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A. Philip Randolph, Age 74, National Archives
A. Philip Randolph, Age 74, National Archives

“Freedom is never given; it is won.”
A. Philip Randolph
b. 4-15-1899; Crescent City, Florida
d. 5-16-1979; NYC


A. Philip Randolph, Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula F. Pfeffer - Scholars of the civil rights movement and twentieth-century African-American history refer to Asa Philip Randoph (1889-1979) as the organizer of the first all-black labor union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. The author show Randolph's efforts were essential to the formation of the first Fair Employment Practices Committee and the integration of the armed services in the 1940s. He planned many effective protests – sit-ins, the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage, and two Youth Marches for Integrated Schools – to preserve African-American integrity while seeking racial parity. The 1963 March on Washington - for which Randolph was an organizing force - was a renewal of his attempted March on Washington of 1941. (from the back cover)

A. Philip Randolph: A Biographical Portrait- Sally Hanley

A. Philip Randolph: Union Leader and Civil Rights Crusader (African-American Biographies) by Catherine Reef -

The Papers of A. Philip Randolph
by A. Philip Randolph, David H. Werning

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