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Asa Philip Randolph

Acknowledged as the greatest black labor leader in American history, Asa Philip Randolph founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Pioneers in advancing racial equality within the labor movement. Randolph was involved in campaigns to improve wages and working conditions for black and white alike.

As a long-time advocate for civil rights, he pressured President Franklin D. Roosevelt to order an end to discrimination in war industries, in federal employment, and in the armed services. As a chairman of the 1963 March on Washington, Randolph fought for the oppressed races with a strict adherence to democratic principles.

Retiring as president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1968, Asa Philip Randolph was named the president of the recently formed A. Philip Randolph Institute, established to promote trade unionism in the black community. He continued to serve on the AFL-CIO Executive until 1974. On May 16, 1979, Randolph died in New York.

New York City high school 540, better known as A. Philip Randolph Campus High School, located on the City College of New York campus, is named in honor of Mr. Asa Philip Randolph.