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10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  24 February 2002 (USA)
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Union activist Asa Philip Randolph's efforts to organize the black porters of the Pullman Rail Company in 1920s America.

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A. Philip Randolph (as André Braugher)
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Milton Webster
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Ashley Totten
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Leon Frey
Carla Brothers ...
Lucille Randolph
Kenneth McGregor ...
Barton Davis
Ellen Holly ...
Selena Frey
Ernestine Jackson ...
Mrs. Randolph
Ardon Bess ...
Daddy Moore
Ordena Stephens ...
Sandi Totten
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Desmond
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James Randolph (as Kedar)
Christopher Bondy ...
William Green (as Chris Bondy)
Neville Edwards ...
E.J. Daniels
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Mrs. Robbins
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Union activist Asa Philip Randolph's efforts to organize the black porters of the Pullman Rail Company in 1920s America.

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The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BCSP) was created August 25, 1925 as a union for Pullman porters and maids. While the script and storyline of this movie does not make reference to female membership directly, there are visual references to female voting membership in the meetings and especially in the voting lines, especially as depicted in the union/police confrontation scene towards the end of the movie. The BSCP was the first Afro-American labor organization to receive a charter (membership) in the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and continued to be an active member union of the AFL up to and including the 1955 merger of the AFL with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) to form the AFL-CIO. See more »

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Title Card: On August 25th, 1937 the Pullman Company signed the first ever agreement between a union of black workers and a major American corporation. It was twelve years - to the day - of the founding of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
Title Card: For the next four decades Randolph carried forward his fight for equality. In 1963, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Randolph initiated the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was at that gathering ...
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This film is dedicated to all the men and women who were involved in the struggle to organize the Pullman porters. See more »

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Very Interesting Historical Docudrama
27 December 2003 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is a little choppy, but you try fitting 20 years of turbulent history into a two hour movie. If you don't know about other things happenning during the same period (the Great Depression, for example) the allusions to its effects on the primary storyline are hard to follow. I'd like to see this done as a mini-series, with about ten hours or so to tell the story in full.

Still, if you think that the civil rights movement began with the Montgomery Bus Boycott, you will find this movie fascinating. The drive to organize the African-American porters combines civil rights and workers' rights with historical perspectives on the late 1920's and 1930's.

One thing that struck me about this movie is the presence of benevolent White characters. In many African-American rights movies, all Whites are either evil or ineffectual morons. (Think the White assistant principal in Lean on Me). There are many White racists in the role of antagonists in this movie, but there is also the White rep for the AFL, who works to support the growing union.


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