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March on Washington Letter: 1941

A letter from A. Phillip Randolph, international president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, to Walter White, executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People dated March 18, 1941 proposing a march on Washington, D.C. to demand integration of the defense industry.


The threatened march prodded President Franklin Roosevelt to issue an executive order desegregating employment in the defense industry and providing for a Fair Employment Practices Commission to implement the changes. In return, Randolph called off the march.


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Image is courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Taken on March 18, 1941