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The Showtime cable network's contribution to Black History Month, 2002, was the powerful filmed biography 10,000 Black Men Named George. Andre Braugher (who also executive produced) stars as legendary African-American labor organizer Asa Philip Randolph. The story begins in the 1920s, a time when being a railway Pullman-car porter was one of the few jobs open to black men. It was bad enough that the job paid starvation wages for impossibly long hours; even worse was the fact that white train passengers were encouraged to patronizingly refer to each and every black porter as "George," in honor of sleeping-berth maven George Pullman. After the death of a young porter who'd saved the life of a white passenger, coupled with his own humiliating experiences in a porter's uniform, Asa Philip Randolph agrees to help organize the porters into a union -- a task at which he has already failed in six previous instances with six different occupations. Although Randolph has strong support from friends, family, and a handful of white political activists, his mission may well be doomed from the start, thanks to the brutal strikebreaking tactics of Pullman Company head Barton Davis (Kenneth McGregor) and Davis' legions of paid hooligans and bought-off politicians. In fact, it would be 12 years before Randolph's union would finally see the light at the end of the tunnel -- and even then there would be rough roads ahead. Also in the cast are Mario Van Peeples and Charles S. Dutton as Randolph's allies and fellow porters Ashley Totten and Milton Webster, and Brock Peters in a rare unsympathetic role as a traitor in the union's midst. 10,000 Black Men Named George made its American TV debut on February 22, 2002.


Andre Braugher
as A. Philip Randolph
Charles S. Dutton
as Milton Webster
Brock Peters
as Leon Frey
Mario Van Peebles
as Ashley Totten
Carla Brothers
as Lucille Randolph
Ken McGregor
as Barton Davis
Kenneth McGregor
as Barton Davis
Ernestine Jackson
as Mrs. Randolph
Ellen Holly
as Selena Frey
Ordena Stephens
as Sandi Totten
Ardon Bess
as Daddy Moore
Dvora Kedar
as James Randolph
Kedar Brown
as James Randolph
Christopher Bondy
as William Green
Neville Edwards
as E.J. Daniels
Collette Micks
as Mrs. Robbins
Terry Hart
as Conductor
Emma Fleury
as Isabel Robbins
Maria Romano
as Donaldson
Sandi Ross
as Mrs. Walter
S. Lee Taylor
as Wealthy Passenger
John Dewe
as College Kid
Ed Fielding
as Conductor
Peter Graham
as Conductor
Karen Eyo
as Elegant Woman
Harve Sotoloff
as Board Member
Dave Nichols
as 1st Detective
Tim McMenamin
as Lead Thug
Aron Tager
as Gov. Morrow
Darren Josephs
as Porter in Back
Larry Schwartz
as Mayor LaGuardia
Marvin Hinz
as Reporter
Nelson Tynes
as Dancing Porter
Joel Gordon
as Circumspect Porter
Lyriq Bent
as Disgruntled Man
Richard Blackburn
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Richard Eden
as Fred Brent
Herbert Johnson
as Other Porter
Kle McKoy
as Disrguntled Man's Son
Yvette McKoy
as Disgruntled Man's Wife
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In a Black History Month of remarkable television, add André Braugher as [A. Philip] Randolph...

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