Two weeks ago, on the 50th anniversary of the famous 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, we wrote to you about a brave humanist named Asa Philip Randolph.
As a union organizer and leader of the secular wing of the civil rights movement, Randolph planned the historic gathering we all know, with Randolph serving as march director and opening speaker. Randolph eventually went on to accept the Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association in 1970 and sign Humanist Manifesto II in 1973.
Recently, Senate Resolution 218 was introduced to “honor the legacy of A. Philip Randolph and salute his efforts on behalf of the people of the United States to form a more perfect union.” With your help, we can give Randolph the recognition he deserves for his efforts to make America a true democratic nation that guaranteed equality for all under the law.
Many different people from all backgrounds and beliefs participated in the civil rights movement, but the role of humanists like Randolph in the movement is often overlooked. Honor the legacy of humanist participation in the civil rights movement by asking your Senators to support this resolution.
Humanists have a proud tradition of standing up for equality, and individual humanists like Asa Philip Randolph help to show all of us just how big of an impact one person can have when they fight for something they believe in.