By Cornelius L. Bynum
A. Philip Randolph's profession as a exchange unionist and civil rights activist essentially formed the process black protest within the mid-twentieth century. status along W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and others on the middle of the cultural renaissance and political radicalism that formed groups akin to Harlem within the Nineteen Twenties and into the Nineteen Thirties, Randolph formed an realizing of social justice that mirrored a deep knowledge of the way race advanced category issues, in particular between black employees. studying Randolph's paintings in lobbying for the Brotherhood of slumbering automobile Porters, threatening to steer a march on Washington in 1941, and setting up the reasonable Employment perform Committee, Cornelius L. Bynum indicates that Randolph's push for African American equality came about inside of a broader revolutionary software of commercial reform. Bynum interweaves biographical info with information on how Randolph progressively shifted his brooding about race and sophistication, complete citizenship...
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Both drew directly on his ideas that genuine social justice required fair access to civil and economic rights and that race and class posed unique challenges for black workers. But his understanding of interest group politics and mass action also set new parameters for black political activism going forward. Even though subsequent efforts to challenge racial discrimination in other facets of American life refined all of these ideas somewhat, the basic premise of Randolph’s understanding of these key constructs remained largely unchanged.
Kennedy’s proposed civil rights bill. Indeed, in the aftermath of the civil rights campaign in Birmingham, Alabama, where high-compression water hoses and police dogs shocked the conscience of the nation, the time seemed ripe to push for such legislation. ” ushered forth, and the protest anthem “We Shall Overcome” gave voice to the undeniable spirit of common purpose that suffused the day. However, few of those that participated in the march were aware of the building behind-the-scenes drama that threatened to mar the demonstration.
Randolph’s framing of genuine social justice in egalitarian terms did not in any way distract him from recognizing the specific ways that race and class issues worked together to affect the lives of African Americans. Not only did African Americans face the basic class concerns that troubled all workers in the Depression era and beyond, but Randolph saw firsthand in organizing the porters’ union that race still trumped class in corporate boardrooms and on the shop floor. He came to understand that racial discrimination operated as an additional obstacle that severely limited the effectiveness of strict class theory in addressing the needs and concerns of black workers.
A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights by Cornelius L. Bynum