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    A. Phillip Randolph and His Influence on Labor Unions

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    In this paper consisting of five pages Randolph's relationship with Pullman Railroad which evolved into the first Black labor union the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters is examined. There are four bibliographic sources cited.

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    2002). Why? Because, when blacks were being relegated to the back of the employment line, Randolph pushed their needs to the forefront of the American labor movement.  He was a lifelong socialist who believed that his race could only achieve equality through employment and decent wages, contending that they were "the passports to human rights" (Biographical Notes  on A. Phillip Randolph, 2002). Randolph once remarked, "The labor movement traditionally has been the only haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden and the poor"  (Biographical Notes on A. Phillip Randolph, 2002), and he devoted his life to ensuring they continued providing that haven for not only African Americans but also impoverished whites and other  disenfranchised ethnic groups. Asa Phillip Randolph, descendent of slaves, was born on April 15, 1889 in Crescent City, Florida (A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom, 2002). His father,  an African Methodist Episcopalian minister, had a congregation that consisted largely of former slaves who were now languishing as poor domestic servants and unskilled laborers (A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs  and Freedom, 2002). Their struggles to make ends meet and to establish their own identity left a lasting impression on the young Randolph, and in 1911, he made his  way to Harlem in search of employment. Soon, he, too, was one of the impoverished African-American masses who was desperately trying to forge his own independent socioeconomic path.  Meanwhile, the Pullman Railroad company was the single largest employer of blacks in the United States (The Pullman Porters Story, 2002). George Pullman developed rail cars known as sleeping  cars shortly after the Civil War as an extravagant way for Americans to travel across the continental U.S., and his Pullman Porter Palace Company was largely staffed with one-time southern 

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