The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids held its first meeting on August 25, 1925, in Harlem, New York. Labor and civil Rights Activist, A. Phillip Randolph was elected to lead the group. The porters and maids worked for the Pullman company. The group was formed because African American porters and maids were forced to work long hours for low wages. Most of the money the employees made had to be spent on food and uniforms.
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