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This is a continuation of the interview with Congressman
Edward I. Koch on December 20, 1975.
Is this interesting?
Yes, I think your breaking apart some of these issues the
way you are is quite good, particularly how you see the attitude
of the liberals in your district as you've represented it.
I was going to ask you in that context: do you happen to
recall when A. Philip Randolph decided to organize the Negro
American Labor Council and the reaction it brought from
some of the white labor leaders, particularly George Meany?
I have some dim recollection of it. He was the only
black, I think, who was a vice-president on the Council, and
they resented it. He was right in terms of bringing attention
to black problems. He's one of the first-rate people in this
In other words, you don't think that his deciding to take
black trade unionists and organize them not specifically into
another union but into a lobbying group within the union movement
was a wrong way of going about it.
No, I don't believe it was wrong at all. I have no problem
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