JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A. Philip Randolph, a man who helped organize the 1963 march on Washington and organized the first predominantly black labor union, will be honored Saturday at Edward Waters College.
"He is one of our great civil rights leaders, also a great activist for mankind in general," said Nathaniel Glover, President of Edward Waters College. He's led the effort to award Randolph with a posthumous doctorate degree. For Glover, it hits close to home.
"He's one of those stars that I have admired all of my life," he said.
Randolph spent much of his childhood in Jacksonville. Today, Jacksonville has a street, a park, and a high school named after him. There's also an exhibit honoring Randolph on Edward Waters' Campus.
Glover says the degree is more than something symbolic. He says it also sends a message to young ones on campus, and across the country.
"We want our young African-American males to know they can do this as well," he said.
Randolph will be honored with a degree at Edward Waters' graduation. That's scheduled for 1:00pm May 10. Members of the A. Philip Randolph Institute will be on hand to accept the degree.