Asa Phillip Randolp and Arthur Spingarn
@ Temple University
Mosley, John W
DescriptionA 1911 graduate of the Cookman Institute, Randolph founded the Brotherhood of Labor with the intentions of organizing Black workers and "The Messenger", a newsletter intended for influencing employers to hire Black workers at proper labor conditions and terms. In the 1920s on the Socialist Party platform he ran for political office in New York. In 1936 he was drafted as President of the National Negro Congress (NNC). He founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) in 1925 and by 1937 won the members of his union official inclusion in the American Federation of Labor (AFL). However, a year later, BSCP withdrew its membership in the AFL due to discriminatory practices within the organization.