recentpopularlog in

Copy this bookmark:





to read

bookmark detail

The Model for the March on Washington - WSJ.com
August 27, 2013 | WSJ | By PAUL MORENO

On this 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington, Americans should pause to remember A. Philip Randolph, an unsung father of the struggle for civil-rights. Randolph's "March on Washington Movement" helped make the 1963 march possible. In early 1941, the U.S. was building its defenses for a possible war abroad even as it tried to remain neutral in an escalating conflict. In response, Randolph threatened to have 100,000 African-Americans march on Washington to protest discrimination in the armed services and defense industries. President Franklin D. Roosevelt feared that such a massive display of dissent would show America to be deeply divided.

Randolph, a militant socialist, led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, an all-black labor union whose members helped expand the horizons of a still-largely Southern and rural black populace. He demanded that President Roosevelt integrate the armed forces and prohibit defense contractors from making hiring decisions based on race.
Washington_D.C.  MLK  anniversaries  civil_rights  tributes  protest_movements  A._Philip_Randolph  unions  African-Americans 
september 2013 by jerryking
view in context