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Q:

This is a continuation of the interview with Congressman Edward I. Koch on December 20, 1975.

Koch:

Is this interesting?

Q:

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?

Koch:

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 country.

Q:

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.

Koch:

No, I don't believe it was wrong at all. I have no problem





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