RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 601330852 LA English T1 A. Philip Randolph and the struggle for civil rights A1 Bynum, Cornelius L.,, PB University of Illinois Press PP Urbana YR 2010 SN 9780252035753 0252035755 9780252077647 0252077644 AB Although somewhat overshadowed by giants such as W.E.B. Dubois and Martin Luther King, A. Philip Randolph is one of the most important figures in the Black struggle for civil and human rights during the 20th century. In this excellent book, Bynum (history, Purdue U.) looks at Randolph's role in the trade union and Civil Rights movements, showing how his work in organizing for and leading the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters--the country's first all-Black union--laid crucial groundwork for the victories of social justice movements later in the century. The author argues that Randolph's advocacy of direct mass action, nonviolent civil disobedience, and coalitions between Black and white workers helped shape the "toolkit" used so effectively by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. As much an intellectual history as it is a biography, Bynum's book is an important addition to the scholarship on a critical figure in Black American history. Annotation ♭2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).