A. Philip Randolph: “Call to Negro America to March on Washington”

(1941)

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In the May 1941 issue of Black Worker, A. Philip Randolph, a prominent civil rights leader in his capacity as president of the National Negro Congress and head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters labor union, issued a “Call to Negro America to March on Washington“ to demand an end to discrimination in the defense industry and in the military. His call, made in cooperation with the civil rights leaders Bayard Rustin and A. J. Muste, initiated the March on Washington Movement,...