A. Philip Randolph and the struggle for civil rights / Cornelius L. Bynum.

Bynum, Cornelius L., 1971- [Browse]
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2010.
xix, 244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.


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Although somewhat overshadowed by giants such as W.E.B. Dubois and Martin Luther King, A. Philip Randolph is one of the most important figures in the Black struggle for civil and human rights during the 20th century. In this excellent book, Bynum (history, Purdue U.) looks at Randolph's role in the trade union and Civil Rights movements, showing how his work in organizing for and leading the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters--the country's first all-Black union--laid crucial groundwork for the victories of social justice movements later in the century. The author argues that Randolph's advocacy of direct mass action, nonviolent civil disobedience, and coalitions between Black and white workers helped shape the "toolkit" used so effectively by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. As much an intellectual history as it is a biography, Bynum's book is an important addition to the scholarship on a critical figure in Black American history. Annotation ♭2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • A. Philip Randolph, racial identity, and family relations: tracing the development of a racial self-concept
  • Religious faith and black empowerment: the AME church and Randolph's racial identity and view of social justice
  • Black radicalism in Harlem: Randolph's racial and political consciousness
  • Crossing the color line: Randolph's transition from race to class consciousness
  • A new crowd, a new negro: the messenger and new negro ideology in the 1920s
  • Black and white unite: Randolph and the divide between class theory and the race problem
  • Ridin' the rails: Randolph and the brotherhood of sleeping car porters' struggle for union recognition
  • Where class consciousness falls short: Randolph and the brotherhood's standing in the house of labor
  • Marching toward fair employment: Randolph, the race/class connection, and the March on Washington movement
  • Epilogue: A. Philip Randolph's reconciliation of race and class in African American protest politics.
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