By Cornelius L. Bynum
A. Philip Randolph's occupation as a alternate 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 similar to Harlem within the Twenties and into the Thirties, Randolph formed an knowing of social justice that mirrored a deep know-how of ways race complex type matters, in particular between black employees. interpreting 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 a broader revolutionary software of commercial reform. Bynum interweaves biographical info with info on how Randolph steadily shifted his wondering race and sophistication, complete citizenship...
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Asa explained that “the police who patrolled the community on horseback never entered our yard or turned at our gate” because they never had reason to. 29 In addition to the moral example that he set for his sons, Reverend Randolph’s upright lifestyle also contributed to his position as a community leader among Jacksonville’s black population. ” When rumors began to circulate that local whites intended to lynch a black prisoner in the Duvall County jail, he gathered together some of the men of the community to stand guard at the jail.
31 The events surrounding his father’s role in this jailhouse standoff were a seminal moment in Asa’s young life. ” His father was equally circumspect about that evening’s events. ” Even as the Randolphs withheld details of that night’s events from their children, Asa nonetheless learned a very real lesson about the importance of a forceful, organized, and collective response to racial intimidation in protecting black lives. 32 Through accounts of Africa’s history, African Americans’ struggle to overthrow slavery and racial oppression, and such personal acts of courage, the elder Randolph made an indelible impression on his younger son’s developing racial identity.
Looking at his brief period of study at City College of New York, his involvement in Socialist Party politics in 1920s New York, and his effort to bridge factional lines within the party helps to illustrate exactly how Randolph thought to apply class-based solutions to problems of race. Chapters 5 and 6 examine how Randolph used the articles and editorials published in the Messenger in an effort to translate African Americans’ growing postwar discontent with the racial status quo into momentum for a broader revision of industrial capitalism.