A. Philip Randolph

Black American civil rights activist, labor unionist, politician (1889-1979)

A. Philip Randolph (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979) was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, the American labor movement, and socialist political parties.

A. Philip Randolph in 1963

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  • ... the history of the labor movement in America proves that the employing class recognize no race lines. They will exploit a white man as readily as a black man. They will exploit women as readily as men.They will even go to the extent of coining the labor, blood and suffering of children into dollars. The introduction of women and children into the factories proves that capitalists are only concerned with profits and that they will exploit any race or class in order to make profits, whether they be black or white men, black or white women or black or white children.
    • Editorial, "The Negro and the American Federation of Labor". The Messenger magazine, 2, no. 8, August 1919. Quoted in Barbara Krauthamer, Chad Williams, Major Problems in African American History, Cengage Learning, 2017.
  • If the Church, white or black, is to express the true philosophy of Jesus Christ, Himself a worker, it will not lend itself to the creed of oppressive capitalism which would deny to the servant his just hire.
    • "Negro Labor and the Church," in Capitalism vs. Collectivism: The Colonial Era to 1945, Volume 3 of African American Political Thought (Routledge African Studies: 2003), p. 136

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