WHY DON’T WE HEAR MORE ABOUT A. PHILIP RANDOLPH?

  • He was once called the most dangerous Black man in America
  • He was the father of the Civil Rights movement’s 1950s phase and the brainchild, in tandem with Bayard Rustin,* behind the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
  • He joined the Socialist Party
  • He spoke and organized on behalf of dispossessed workers who were Black, Indian, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and poor white
  • He forced the Pullman Company to bargain with the Black Pullman Porters
  • He was arrested for speaking out against WWI
  • He won an Executive Order in 1948 from President Harry Truman banning discrimination in the U. S. armed forces and federal employment
  • He organized the 1957 prayer pilgrimage for the Civil Rights bill
  • He inspired the 1958 and 1959 marches for school integration
  • His unremitting organizational pressure forced President Franklin D. Roosevelt to sing an Executive Order calling for fair employment practices in war industries
  • He helped organize a Shakespearean Society in Harlem and played the roles of Hamlet, Othello, and Romeo
  • He is Asa Philip Randolph, president of the institute bearing his name and President Emeritus of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the union he built

*shout out to amanderppp for the fact-check

Happy Black History YEAR!

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