New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972. First Edition. Octavo. (24 cm. x 16 cm.) 398 pp. ills. Full rust-colored cloth. Titles in silver on spine. Photo illustrated dust jacket. Owner's dedication above title on half title. Signed by A. Philip Randolph below title on half title. Fine. Item #152
Writer, Jervis Anderson, spent his life writing about heroes. The story of Asa Philip Randolph, is the story of the forging of an American giant. A man whose dedication to the common working man- was mythic. The social earthquake Randolph created began far back in 1917 when he organized a union of elevator operators in New York City. Within two years, Randolph, a student of the teachings of Karl Marx, would become president of the National Brotherhood of Workers of America; a union supporting shipyard and dock workers in Virginia. But, in 1925, Randolph would organize the labor union that is forever linked to his name and of collective African-American activism: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. During and after the Second World War, it was through his tireless efforts that discrimination and segregation ended in the defense industries and the armed services. Inspired by Mahatma Ghandi, Randolph was an early proponent of peaceful protest and non-violent direct action. He conceived a march on Washington in the 1940s which never saw fruition at the time but was later to inspire Martin Luther King Jr.. By the time he attended King's March on Washington in 1963, Randolph was considered the most important Civil Rights leader to emerge from the labor movement. The shockwaves from his organization efforts to ensure that those who perform labor are paid fairly and treated equally, are still being felt to this day. Elegantly signed by this Civil Rights Titan.