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The 48h National Educational Conference of the A. Philip Randolph Institute convenes during a most challenging time, but it is also a time full of opportunities to advance the cause of social and economic justice for working families across this nation.
Our Labor Movement is being plagued with growth and program challenges at both the local, state and national levels.
The AFL-CIO's constituency groups—the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and Pride At Work—are unions' bridge to diverse communities, creating and strengthening partnerships to enhance the standard of living for all workers and their families.
The groups also promote the full participation of women and minorities in the union movement and ensure unions hear and respond to the concerns of the communities they represent.
To A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, APRl's co-founders, the fight for workers' rights and civil rights were inseparable.
Randolph (1889-1979) was the greatest black labor leader in American history and the father of the modern American civil rights movement.
Rustin (1912-1987), a leading civil rights and labor activist and strategist, was the chief organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Randolph's greatest protege.
Randolph and Rustin forged an alliance between the civil rights movement and the labor movement. They recognized that blacks and working people of all colors share the same goals: political and social freedom and economic justice.