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Add pioneer labor leader to list of history-making heroes

I just finished reading your editor's opinion column, "Cure's as plain as black and white" [Nov. 11-17]. I agreed with practically everything you said. However, I found it interesting that such a "strong union guy" would not have included a reference to A. Philip Randolph in the same breath as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. While I have great respect for Parks and King, Randolph's achievements were equally, if not more, heroic. Without going into all of the details of his life, one should not overlook the fact that he successfully pushed an "equality in employment" agenda all the way to the president of the United States in the early 1940s, long before King and Parks would make their marks in history

I just wanted to keep you on your toes and make sure that you didn't forget about one of the foremost American labor leaders in the 20th century.

Clay Walker
Washington, D.C.

Clay Walker is senior vice president of Players Inc.

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