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  • During World War I, Randolph and Owen founded a political magazine, The Messenger. They began publishing articles calling for the inclusion of more blacks in the armed forces and war industry, and demanding higher wages.
  • The Messenger
  • Randolph also tried to unionize African-American shipyard workers in Virginia and elevator operators in New York City during this time.
  • Randolph then became a lecturer at the Rand School of Social Science. In the early 1920s, he unsuccessfully ran for offices in New York State on the Socialist Party ticket. Randolph would become more convinced than ever that unions would be the best way for African Americans to improve their situation.
  • Unions are great!
  • In 1925, Randolph founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Serving as its president, he sought to gain the union's official inclusion in the American Federation of Labor.
  • Lets make a difference!
  • Philips main ambition was to make sure that all races got equal treatment in the labor force.
  • Lets create equality in the workspace.
  • in 1937, Philip won membership in the AFL, making the BSCP the first African-American union in the United States. Randolph withdrew the union from the AFL the following year.
  • We achieved something great today, we are gaining the respect we deserve!
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