Squabbles among the adult children of a famous patriarch are common, but the rancorous disputes of the King siblings—most of them over lucrative licensing deals for their father’s words and image—are rending family ties and friendships forged during some of the most harrowing battles of the civil rights movement.
WHY DON’T WE HEAR MORE ABOUT A. PHILIP RANDOLPH?
- He was once called the most dangerous Black man in America
- He was the father of the Civil Rights movement’s 1950s phase and the brainchild, in tandem with Bayard Rustin,* behind the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
- He joined the Socialist Party
- He spoke and organized on behalf of dispossessed workers who were Black, Indian, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and poor white
- He forced the Pullman Company to bargain with the Black Pullman Porters
- He was arrested for speaking out against WWI
- He won an Executive Order in 1948 from President Harry Truman banning discrimination in the U. S. armed forces and federal employment
- He organized the 1957 prayer pilgrimage for the Civil Rights bill
- He inspired the 1958 and 1959 marches for school integration
- His unremitting organizational pressure forced President Franklin D. Roosevelt to sing an Executive Order calling for fair employment practices in war industries
- He helped organize a Shakespearean Society in Harlem and played the roles of Hamlet, Othello, and Romeo
- He is Asa Philip Randolph, president of the institute bearing his name and President Emeritus of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the union he built
*shout out to amanderppp for the fact-check
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