A.Philip Randolph statue
Public Art : A. Philip Randolph statue
Sculptor: © Ed Dwight
Sculptor's Website: www.eddwight.com
Description: A bronze statue of Asa Philip Randolph
(April 15th, 1889 – May 16th, 1979) who was a leader in the African-American civil-rights movement and led the
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly black labor union.
April 15, 1889 - May 16, 1979
Dedicated by the AFL-CIO to the
memory of A. Philip Randolph, America's
foremost black labor and civil rights
leader. The founder of the Brotherhood
of sleeping car porters, he conceived
and initiated the 1963 march on
Washington for jobs and freedom.
"At the banquet table of nature there are no
reserved seats. You get what you can take , and
you keep what you can hold. If you can't take
anything you won't get anything and if you can't
hold anything, you won't keep anything. And
you can't take anything without organization."
A. Philip Randolph
Ed Dwight sculptor
Date Unveiled: 1990
Location: The A.Philip Randolph statue can be found
in the concourse of Union Station in Washington, D.C. USA.
Things You May Not Know About Asa Philip Randolph
Randolph was born in Crescent City, Florida on April 15th, 1889.
It was Randolph's father who instilled in him that color was less important than a person's
character and from his mother, he learned the importance of defending oneself (physically if necessary) against
anyone who sought to harm.
Randolph moved to New York city in 1911 after finding it impossible to find anything other than
manual work in the South, thanks to discrimination.
Randolph married Mrs. Lucille Campbell Green, a widow, Howard University graduate and entrepreneur
in 1913 and soon after helped set up the Shakespearean Society in Harlem.
In 1963, Randolph was the head of the March on Washington at which Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech.