Black History Month- A. Philip Randolph

  -April 15, 1889- May 16, 1979 -Labor leader and social activist. -The son of a minister, he worked at a variety of jobs while gaining an education in Florida and then at City College of New York. He began his efforts on behalf of African-American laborers when, while working as a waiter on a coastal steamship, he organized a protest against their living conditions. -In World War I he tried to unionize African-American shipyard workers in Virginia and elevator operators in New York City, and founded the Messenger (1917), a ... [read more]