A. Philip Randolph was one of the most influential African American leaders of the twentieth century, and arguably one of the most historically important figures ever to emerge from Jacksonville. An outspoken advocate for equality, Randolph took a leading role in efforts to expose unfair working conditions as well as discrimination in the armed forces; his leadership was critical to the end of segregation in the military. With Rev. Martin Luther King, Randolph also was one of the principal organizers of the historic 1963 March on Washington. Working tirelessly as a labor organizer, journalist and civil rights leader, Randolph ultimately was awarded the presidential Medal of Feedom for his dedication to the cause of universal civil rights.
In celebration of Black History Month, we invite you to learn more about A. Philip Randolph, and his time in the River City, in our in-depth profile.