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A. Philip Randolph Institute
Founded 1965
Country United States
Head union Clayola Brown, president
Affiliation AFL-CIO
Office location Washington, D.C.

The A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) is an organization for African American trade unionists.



Following passage of the Voting Rights Act, APRI was co-founded in 1965 by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin. APRI forged an alliance between the civil rights movement and the labor movement.

Their efforts got them on the master list of Nixon political opponents.

In 1965, 1000 black school children were arrested for attempting to march in front of an Alabama county courthouse. The same year A. Philip Randolph Institute(APRI), a national organization for black trade unionists, was founded. APRI's mission has been to fight for racial equality and economic justice. The role APRI was to work with black trade unionists, and build a bridge between labor and black community's. APRI was also the spearhead for an organizatin called the "Black Alliance", together they would support the trade union movement. Today APRI has 150 chapters in 36 states, APRI members support political, community education, lobbying, and labor support activities.

Current status

Today, APRI is led by President Clayola Brown who began serving as the national president of A.Philip Randolph Institute, located in Washington, D.C., in August 2004. Ms. Brown has a tremendous commitment for her community and the many boards she currently serves. Ms. Brown serves on boards for organizations like Amalgamated Bank, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Business Response to AIDS/Labor Response to AIDS, etc. Ms. Brown also was appointed to the National Commission on Employment Policy by President Bill Clinton, and appointed a member of the New York State Workforce Investment Board by Gov. George Pataki (Black Leadership Forum,Inc.,2002-2003).

  • Civil Rights
  • Policies
  • Labor Laws
  • Decent minimum wage
  • Universal, affordable health care
  • Family leave and child care
  • International workers' rights and fair trade
  • Education and training

The Philip Randolph Institute seek structural changes through American democratic process. From courthouse to state house to the White House, APRI members promote social, labor, economic, legislative and political issues.


  • Black Leadership Forum, Inc. 2002-2003 Retrieved March 22, 2007 from
  • A .Philip Randolph Institute 2007 Retrieved March 22, 2007 from

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