One of America's foremost human and civil rights leaders. A. Philip Randolph devoted a lifetime of effort to the struggle for social and economic justice for all people. Asa Philip Randolph was born in Florida in April of 1889 and lived until May of 1979. When he was 20 years old, he moved to New York to follow his dream of becoming an actor. Randolph aspirations quickly turned to politics and equal rights. He teamed up with a student at Columbia to create "The Messenger", which was a radical magazine. Asa Philip Randolph emerged as one of the most outspoken people for labor and civil rights. He worked with Martin Luther King Jr. to organize the march on Washington in 1963.