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Asa Philip Randolph

Sy Kattelson, born 1923
Asa Philip Randolph, 15 Apr 1889 - 16 Mar 1979
Exhibition Element
Photo mural
Credit Line
Current Owner: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Sy Kattelson
Object number
Asa Philip Randolph: American\African American
Exhibition Label
Civil rights activist A. Philip Randolph waged a lifelong battle for the economic empowerment of African Americans. In 1925 he accepted the challenge of organizing the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters-the first black labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor. Continuing his advocacy for African American workers, Randolph called for a march on Washington in 1941 to protest the exclusion of blacks from defense industry jobs. He cancelled that march only after President Franklin Roosevelt signed an order mandating an end to discriminatory practices by government contractors. Following World War II, Randolph led the effort to desegregate the nation's armed forces, and waged a civil disobedience campaign against the draft until President Harry Truman ordered an end to segregation in the military in 1948. Randolph crowned his career in 1963 by organizing the celebrated March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Data Source
Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
The Struggle for Justice
On View
NPG, West Gallery 220