A. Philip Randolph: Union Leader and Civil Rights Crusader

A. Philip Randolph: Union Leader and Civil Rights Crusader

by Catherine Reef

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Children's Literature
A tall quiet boy nicknamed "String Bean" grew up to be "the grand old man of the civil rights movement." Born in 1889, Randolph organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925, before Martin Luther King was even born. In 1963 he helped organize the Freedom March on Washington where King made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. With a reputation for honesty and a talent for being persuasive, Randolph spent his life working to provide personal freedom and a better life for black Americans. This biography concentrates more on historical information than personal, making it less animated than some, but always interesting. A particular strength is its clear in-text explanations of a multitude of terms, such as tenant farmer, segregation, Pullman porter, Jim Crow laws, civil disobedience, labor unions, Black Power, Great Depression, Harlem Renaissance and many more. Organizations such as NNC, CIO, NAACP and AFL, although defined, may be hard to for some readers to keep straight. This well-documented and indexed addition to the "African-American Biographies" series will give readers a quality picture not only of a man "undaunted and unafraid," but also of a movement that spanned the century. 2001, Enslow, . Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer: Betty Hicks

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
African-American Biographies Series
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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