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Reframing Randolph: Labor, Black Freedom, and the Legacies of A. Philip Randolph

Andrew E. Kersten and Clarence Lang

Abstract

At one time, Asa Philip Randolph (1889–1979) was a household name. As president of the all-black Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP), he was an embodiment of America's multifaceted radical tradition, a leading spokesman for Black America, and a potent symbol of trade unionism and civil rights agitation for nearly half a century. But with the dissolution of the BSCP in the 1970s, the assaults waged against organized labor in the 1980s, and the overall silencing of labor history in U.S. popular discourse, he has been largely forgotten among large segments of the general public before whom ... More

Keywords: Asa Philip Randolph, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Black America, trade unionism, civil rights agitation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780814785942
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814785942.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew E. Kersten, author

Clarence Lang, author