10,000 Black Men Named George
Andre Braugher stars as legendary African-American union activist A. Philip Randolph and the film depicts his successful effort to organize the porters of the Pullman Rail Company in 1920s America.
Not only did the job pay low wages for impossibly long hours; but white train passengers were encouraged to call each and every black porter “George,” in honor of the company owner George Pullman.
The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was the first African-American led union to receive a charter in the American Federation of Labor.
The cast also includes Mario Van Peebles, Charles Dutton and Brock Peters.
Screenwriter Cyrus Nowrasteh won the Pen USA West Literary Award for Best Teleplay for writing 10,000 Black Men Named George.