"Asa" "Philip Randolph" was a leader in the African-American US civil rights movement/civil-rights movement, the American labor movement, and socialism/socialist political parties.
He organized and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly African American labor union. In the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1896–1954)#The Labor movement and civil rights/early civil-rights movement, Randolph led the March on Washington Movement, which convinced President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue Executive Order 8802 in 1941, banning discrimination in the defense industries during World War II. The group then successfully pressured President Harry S. Truman to issue Executive Order 9981 in 1948, ending Racial segregation/segregation in the armed services.
In 1963, Randolph was the head of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom/March on Washington, which was organized by Bayard Rustin, at which Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech. Randolph inspired the Freedom budget, sometimes called the "Randolph Freedom budget", which aimed to deal with the economic problems facing the black community.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous activists! More A. Philip Randolph on Wikipedia.