2023 A. Philip Randolph “Gentle Warrior Awards” Gala

  • Sat, Feb 25, 2023 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • IBEW Local 134 Complex

    2722 South Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Drive
    Chicago, Illinois 60616
Ticket Price $200.00-$2,000 This event is now over

On Saturday, February 25, 2023, the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum (NAPRPPM) will celebrate its 28th founding Anniversary and will host the 2023 A. Philip Randolph “Gentle Warrior Awards” Gala. This is our annual primary fund-raiser with Master of Ceremonies, ABC 7's Hosea Sanders.


The event will take place from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at IBEW Local 134 Complex located at 2722 South King Drive, Chicago, IL (Secure onsite parking) -  Tickets start at $200.00


This is a Black-Tie Gala Dinner with live entertainment, dancing, and dinner in a fantastic environment.


We are excited to invite you to join a fantastic celebration! As the labor community will honor and celebrate two of their very own, Elizabeth H. Shuler, president of the 58 unions and 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO, and Fredrick D. Redmond, the secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO.


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This year's honorees in both A. Philip Randolph Gentle Warrior Award and Change Agent, have not only invoked change but have demanded change throughout their community, politics, and policies. 


A. Philip Randolph organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first black labor union in America chartered under the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Randolph was one of America's foremost labor and civil rights leaders, who became known as the "Gentle Warrior." The Gentle Warrior Award is presented to individuals who exhibit the similar commitment, focus, and tenacity that Randolph displayed throughout his career.


Past recipients of the prestigious award include individuals from the broader community and include business politics and organized labor.   Past honorees from labor include Richard Trumka, President of National AFL-CIO, the 2019 recipient from the labor community was Robert Reiter, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, John Rogers, Chairman of Ariel Capital Management, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.


The NAPRPP Museum is a 501 (c) 3, cultural institution located in the Pullman National Monument that was designated by President Barack Obama in 2015. Founded in 1995, the NAPRPPM is the only museum of its kind worldwide.


The museum is a public, independently operated Black labor history museum that promotes critical lessons that cross age, class, color, and gender boundaries, carrying messages critical to our society. Successful “Gentle Warrior Awards" events play a significant role in our operational budget and enable us to continue this vital work! 


The promise of the 2023 fundraising event holds significant meaning — It presents a vehicle for the labor community to demonstrate, in a substantial way, appreciation for one of its own.  The funds generated by this awards event will contribute to the museum's expansion project.

Date & Time

Sat, Feb 25, 2023 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue Details

IBEW Local 134 Complex

2722 South Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616 IBEW Local 134 Complex
APR Pullman Porter Museum
The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum was founded in 1995 by Dr. Lyn Hughes. The facility is located in the Historic Pullman District in Chicago Illinois. On February 19, 2015 President Barack Obama designated the Historic Pullman district a National Monument that is now a part of the National Park Service. The museum is named after men who made history – Asa Philip Randolph and Pullman Porters, the men who made up the membership of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) union. Randolph was the chief organizer and co-founder of the BSCP, the first African-American labor union in the country to win a collective bargaining agreement. Under Randolph’s leadership, the Pullman Porters fought a valiant battle for employment equality with the corporate giant, the Pullman Rail Car Company.

Their pioneering efforts created the first bona-fide union for the African American worker. This victorious struggle in America’s early labor movement was also the doorway through which many civil rights gains were made.

The NAPRPPM  is locally recognized as a historic site and is a unique addition to the tourism sites of the Pullman community of Chicago, Illinois. The Museum is also nationally recognized as a valuable and unique African-American museum. The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter museum pays tribute to one of the most influential African-American leaders in history. A. Philip Randolph redefined American labor, American democracy, and American society, during a time when it was unsafe and unpopular. Randolph demanded that African-American people be fully and equally included in American society. A. Philip Randolph was an articulate, intelligent, and fair leader who devoted decades of his life to his vision of a more moral and civilized American society. A Philip Randolph was a great man, a great humanitarian, and a great American.