Senator Troy Brailey interview
Senator Troy Brailey (1916-1994) was a civil rights activist, labor unionist, and politician. He represented West Baltimore in the Maryland General Assembly for 24 years, founded the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, and was chairman of the Labor and Industrial Committee for the Baltimore Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In this oral history interview, Brailey describes his association with A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979), a renowned leader of the civil rights and labor movements. This connection brought Brailey into association with several Baltimore civil rights organizations, including the NAACP. Brailey further elaborates on the roles and contributions of the local churches to the NAACP and discusses the importance of the Afro-American newspaper in the civil rights movement. Brailey also recounts his experiences in politics and outlines potential causes of what he saw as reduced enthusiasm surrounding efforts towards achieving racial equality and justice.