May 16

April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979 – A. Philip Randolph

A. Philip Randolph 1963 NYWTS

A. Philip Randolph 1963

A great leader of the American Civil Rights and Labor Movements, Asa Philip Randolph died on May 16, 1979 in New York City.  He was born on April 15, 1889 in Crescent City, Florida. The first primarily African American Labor Union; the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was organized by Randolph.  The March on Washington in 1963 where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech was mainly led by A. Philip Randolph.

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. (Leaders of the march leading marchers down the street.) - NARA - 542003

Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph and Walter B. Reuther Lead Marchers During The March On Washington