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!