A. Philip Randolph: The Religious Journey of an African by Cynthia Taylor

By Cynthia Taylor

A. Philip Randolph, founding father of the Brotherhood of slumbering motor vehicle Porters, used to be the most potent black exchange unionists in the United States. as soon as often called "the most threatening black guy in America," he was once a thorough journalist, a hard work chief, and a pioneer of civil rights innovations. His protegé Bayard Rustin famous that, "With the exception of W.E.B. Du Bois, he was once top-of-the-line civil rights chief of the 20th century till Martin Luther King."

Scholarship has generally portrayed Randolph as an atheist and anti-religious, his connections to African American faith both missed or misrepresented. Taylor locations Randolph in the context of yank non secular heritage and uncovers his complicated dating to African American faith. She demonstrates that Randolph’s religiosity lined a large spectrum of liberal Protestant ideals, from a spiritual humanism at the left, to orthodox theological positions at the correct, by no means straying faraway from his African Methodist roots.

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