May 01, 2014

On this day May 1st

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

1st of May 1941, The Gentle Warrior made a call for 100,000 Blacks to march on Washington, D.C., mainly to protest discrimination in the armed forces and war industries.  Asa Philip Randolph's request was exceeded, around 250,000 accompanied him in the March on Washington. Randolph was also the head of the 1963 March on Washington, at which Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech.

A. Philip Randolph was born to James William Randolph and Elizabeth Robinson Randolph on April 15, 1889, in Crescent City, FL. He transitioned to the realm of the ancestors on May 16, 1979, New York City, NY. He spoke for all the dispossessed: Blacks, poor Whites, Puerto Ricans, Indians and Mexican Americans. He organized several organizations that proved results and forced Presidents to enact executive orders. In 1941, the Randolph led March on Washington, convinced President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue Executive Order 8802, banning discrimination in the defense industries during World War II. The group later successfully pressured President Harry S. Truman to issue Executive Order 9981 in 1948, ending segregation in the armed services.

Asa Philip Randolph, or the Gentle Warrior attained for Black workers their rightful place in the house of Labor. He was President of the Institute, bearing his name, and President Emeritus of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the union he built. During this time, he was called the most dangerous black in America.

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