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Legislation #: 100311 Introduction Date: 4/15/2010
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 4/25/2010
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS RILEY, GOTTSTEIN, JOLLY, HERMANN, CURLS, SANDERS BROOK, FORD, FUNKHOUSER, CIRCO, SKAGGS, SHARP AND JOHNSON
Title: Declaring April 15, 2010, as A. Philip Randolph Day in Kansas City, Missouri.

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4/14/2010 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/15/2010 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 100311

 

Declaring April 15, 2010, as A. Philip Randolph Day in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

WHEREAS, A. Philip Randolph was born April 15, 1889 and was one of the central figures speaking out for African-American rights during the 1930’s and 1940’s and focused on labor and employment issues; and

 

WHEREAS, A Philip Randolph was the leader of the successful movement to organize the Pullman Company (one of the most powerful businesses in the Nation) which led to the formation of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP), an organization that advanced the claims of African-Americans to dignity, respect and a decent livelihood; and

 

WHEREAS, The Kansas City Call was the only African-American newspaper in the country that exhibited an interest in obtaining facts about the organizing of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; and

 

WHEREAS, A. Philip Randolph worked closely with Chester A. Franklin, the Founder of The Kansas City Call, as he was organizing the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in Kansas City; and

 

WHEREAS, the local chapter of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was chartered on January 24, 1937, in Kansas City, Missouri at Paseo Baptist Church, where Rev. D.A. Holmes was the Pastor; and

 

WHERAS, in 1937, A. Philip Randolph was able to gain an international charter for the American Federation of Labor (now AFL-CIO) after Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation forced the Pullman Company to negotiate with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and was able to successfully negotiate the first-ever contract between a company and an African-American union; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby joins the US House of Representatives in recognizing the contributions made by A. Philip Randolph to African-American labor employees and declares April 15, 2010, as A. Philip Randolph Day in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

 

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