Film - A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom

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Film Showing
“A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom”
Saturday, March 9th
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Fitchburg Public Library
5530 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711
Sponsored by the WI Professional Employee Council, AFT 4848
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Please join us for a film viewing followed by a discussion. Refreshments provided.
The documentary film, A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom (1996, 90 minutes) tells the story of A. Philip Randolph who organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and was both a major civil rights and labor leader. The film uses archival photos and footage, audio interviews with Randolph from the 1960s and interviews with scholars and contemporaries in the labor and civil rights movements.
Produced and directed by Dante J. James, whose previous work includes the PBS series, “America’s War on Poverty: The Great Depression” and written by Juan Williams, author of “Eyes on the Prize — America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965,” the film is a major contribution to Randolph’s story.
The film revisits the union's bitter 12-year battle with the notorious Pullman Company, which tried repeatedly to destroy the union using spies and firings. Randolph became the sole Black representative on the American Federation of Labor's executive council, where he was often a lonely voice for civil rights.
Randolph called for a march on Washington in the 1940s to protest segregation in the military, successfully pressuring for integraton. Randolph also called for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, remembered for the historic Rev. Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream” speech.
“The film fills in the blanks. People who think they know about him will learn something, and people who never heard of him will be pleasantly surprised.”
– John Bracey, professor of African-American history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst