Pause to remember a great man

With Zeyad's original post on this topic now buried and with February coming to a close, we should pause and reflect on one of the giants of the American labor movement. Many of you may recall that A. Philip Randolph founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925, when a black Pullman car porter was required to work at least 400 hours a month to qualify for a paycheck, but less known is that Randolph and his brothers struggled for 12 years before their union was recognized in 1937. I hope WSPD's Fred, who always expresses interest in posts about African Americans and labor leaders, will join us in saluting this great American.

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The BSCP fought for years for recognition from labor, but were rebuffed because of the color of their skin. " Many black workers saw their employers, whether it was Henry Ford in Detroit or Swift Packing in Chicago, as more sympathetic to them than either their white co-workers or the labor movement" "For the first several years of its existence, the union continued fighting the Pullman Company, its allies in the black community, the white power structure, and rival unions within the AFL that were hostile to its members' job claims."
Milton Price Webster was a key player in the forming and growth of the BSCP. Webster was a staunch Republican by the way and a leader in the Chicago GOP. Oh plus he's African-American. Here's more about him from a trusted source I use often http://www.blackpast.org/aah/webster-milton-p-1887-1965
The AFL essentially HAD to admit Blacks in order to take advantage of the growing number of Blacks moving North for jobs. The AFL for years accepted blatant discrimination in it's ranks- In 1900 the AFL constitution was revised to provide for direct organization of separate black locals by the federation when affiliated unions refused to admit blacks. By 1909, unions whose constitutions explicitly barred black members were admitted to the AFL (Spero and Harris 1931).

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Geez--Black History Month is almost over and I forgot to visit the African American Legacy Project's "museum" on Upton! I was looking forward to seeing how our $20,000 that City Council gave them was used to make it an unforgettable experience.

WB's two grand kids are half black. His daughter had to move out of town because her boy friend and father of her two kids is black. This is why WB hates black people so much.

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

Who is "WB"? The forum name, I mean.

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