President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Clayola Brown, has dedicated her life to the labor movement. Ms. Brown began her service in the labor movement in Charleston, South Carolina as a sewing machine operator at Manhattan Shirt Factory. It was there that she became active in an organizing campaign. In 1970, Ms. Brown began her work with UNITE Here International Union, which represents hospitality, gaming, food service and manufacturing workers in the United States and Canada.
Ms. Brown rose through the ranks of the labor movement working in the south as an education and then civil rights director of the newly formed Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU). Since 1991, she has served with distinction as ACTWU’s International Vice President, and from 1995 – 2005 served on the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council.
Currently, as president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Ms. Brown leads the charge of promoting the institutes’ objective s of anti-poverty initiatives, a living wage for all, progressive tax policies and international workers’ rights, fair trade education and trade programs.