A. Philip Randolph was the first president of the BSCP, serving in that position from 1925 through 1968, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian honor awarded in the United States) in 1964 from President Lyndon B. Johnson. Randolph was born in 1889, in Florida, and died in 1979 in New York City, aged 90. See more »
During the Depression, A. Philip Randolph makes a trip to Chicago in the early 1930s. During the stock footage, there is a clip of an L train from the 1950s. See more »
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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.
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 that...
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This film is an excellent way to illustrate to the current generations that the historic struggle for civil rights started long before the 1960's. It is also interwoven with the labor movement of other workers and the treatment by big business. While historic, it may be wise for some to pay attention to the current standing of unions and to the fact that unions really made the middle class of today. The dirty tricks of the Pullman company including the "communist threat" are illustrated as they have been in past movies. The actors in this movie do a great job. Duton and Braugher offer stellar performances as usual. Director Ronert Townsend solidly directs the events .
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