Wearing tweaked couture and framed by sci-fi film sets, West moved from scene to scene, from song to song, rarely standing in any one spot for longer than a few minutes. Megalomaniacs drive us to revulsion when we think of them lounging around and collecting our money. But West works so hard at dragging himself through all the stations he’s set up for himself that he feels like the opposite of a fraud, or a jackass, or whatever else people call him. It would be perverse to not want him, and his drive, in the world.
- He was called the most dangerous black in America.
- He led 250,000 people in the historic 1963 March on Washington.
- He spoke for all the dispossessed: Blacks, poor Whites, Puerto Ricans, Indians and Mexican Americans.
- He attained for Black workers their rightful at in the house of Labor.
- He won the fight to ban discrimination in the armed forces.
- He organized the 1957-prayer pilgrimage for the civil rights bill.
- He was President of the Institute, bearing his name, and President Emeritus of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the union he built.
The words and deeds of A. Philip Randolph show us the unyielding strength of his life-long struggle for full human rights for the Blacks and all the disinherited of the nation. In his cry for freedom and justice, Mr. Randolph is echoing the fury of all the enslaved. They are fighting for their freedom, with the kind of desperate strength that only deep wounds can call forth. With none of his words, however, does Mr. Randolph turn aside the help of others. But these comrades-in-arms must share the vision that has led Mr. Randolph through his long years of search for equal human rights. From the day of his arrival in Harlem in 1911, Mr. Randolph had been in the thick of the struggle for freedom for Black Americans.
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HappyBirthday Michael Jackson — A Black Performative, 55 years and counting:-)
dr. king had a dream
that he was willing to die for
but what happens to a dream deferred?
so, while y’all sleepin’
in a sequence of reality
i ride in the struggle occurred
so God, tell dr. king and ‘em not to worry
i know his story
but i’m rolling with a vision preferred
so, you absurd niggas keep it twisted
while i keep my gangsta referred
’cause i’m living on the block called the world
and the struggle here don’t end
i’m determined to make ends meet
and push that same benz-6
i passed on my way to work this mornin’
this world is cornerin’ me everyday
and i’m on the corner of americanway
passin’ the chicken spot
and the hoe alleyway
so, i’m prayin’ everyday
eatin’ barbecue wings
tryin’ to keep my soul full everyday
but with every set of thighs i slide inside
i give up a piece of my soul everyday
and when worse comes to worst
the world took one of my homeboys the other day
caught a bullet to the bag fightin’ over a dime bag
heard the news and my mind
had visions of my black ass packin’ a black cadillac hearse
so God, tell dr. king and ‘em i ain’t ready to die
but i’m ready to ride in the struggle
and if dying is what it’s worth?
then if need be, come and get me
but not until i finish this verse
A March on Washington for jobs and freedom? … Makes logical sense.
Cleveland Robinson (right), a veteran labor official and civil-rights advocate, was former adviser on labor to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Mr. Robinson (1905-1995) was chairman of the New York State Martin Luther King Jr. Commission at his death. Mr. Robinson was the administrative chairman of the March on Washington in August 1963. At the time, he was also a member of the New York City Commission on Human Rights (New York Times).
Bayard Rustin (left) was a chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and the 1964 New York school boycott. Mr. Rustin (1912-1987) was co-chairman, with Leon Lynch, of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, an educational, civil rights and labor organization based in New York, and president of its education fund (New York Times).