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

Bynum, Cornelius L., 1971- [Browse]
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2010.
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A. Philip Randolph's career as a trade unionist and civil rights activist fundamentally shaped the course of black protest in the mid-twentieth century. Standing alongside individuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey at the center of the cultural renaissance and political radicalism that shaped communities such as Harlem in the 1920s and into the 1930s, Randolph fashioned an understanding of social justice that reflected a deep awareness of how race complicated class concerns, especially among black laborers. Examining Randolph's work in lobbying for the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, threatening to lead a march on Washington in 1941, and establishing the Fair Employment Practice Committee, Cornelius L. Bynum shows that Randolph's push for African American equality took place within a broader progressive program of industrial reform. Some of Randolph's pioneering plans for engineering change--which served as foundational strategies in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s--included direct mass action, nonviolent civil disobedience, and purposeful coalitions between black and white workers. Bynum interweaves biographical information on Randolph with details on how he gradually shifted his thinking about race and class, full citizenship rights, industrial organization, trade unionism, and civil rights protest throughout his activist career. --From publisher's description.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-236) and index.
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  • 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.
  • 9780252090066 ((epub))
  • 0252090063
  • 1282941577
  • 9781282941571
  • 9786612941573
  • 661294157X
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  • 9786612941573
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