Asa Philip Randolph

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ASA PHILIP RANDOLPH Sharon Young Siena Height University LAS 301 Although, often looked over Asa Philip Randolph achieved extraordinary feats for the plight of the African American during his lifetime. Early involvement in the Socialist Party set the pace for his radical monthly magazine, the Messenger. With some experience with labor unions in New York, his first immense effort was the organization of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. In 1941 he and two other colleagues suggested the March on Washington, to protest racial discrimination and the desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces; typical of this time era the march was cancelled by President Roosevelt. In a time when African Americans had few piercing voices in the “sea of racial injustice, Asa Philip Randolph made huge waves socially and politically Introduction Asa Philip Randolph was born in Crescent City, Florida on April 15, 1889 to Elizabeth Robinson Randolph and James William Randolph. His father James a tailor and African Methodist minister taught him the importance of having a strong voice and character. Elizabeth Randolph was a skilled seamstress and put high priority on education and the right to defend one physically. The second son of the Rev. James William Randolph, a tailor and ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The family moved from Crescent City, Florida in 1891 to Jacksonville which had a bustling African American community. As a youngster, from his father, Randolph learned that color was less important than a person's character and conduct. From his mother, he learned the importance of education and of defending oneself physically, if necessary. Randolph remembered vividly the night his mother sat in the front room of their house with a loaded shotgun across her lap, while his father tucked a pistol under

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