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  Crosswaith, Frank R.
NameFrank R. Crosswaith
New York, New York , United States
Born July 16, 1892
DiedJune 17, 1965 (72 years)
Last ModifedJuan Croniqueur
Nov 23, 2015 01:11am
Tags Black -
InfoFrom Fredericksted, St. Croix, Danish West Indies (now the U.S. virgin Islands) Crosswaith emigrated to the United States in his late teens. After graduating from the Rand School of New York City he began a career in black labor organization. In the early 1920�s Crosswaith began his long collaboration with A. Phillip Randolph by joining the Messenger magazine in opposing Marcus Garvey. Five years later he joined and became a full-time organizer with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP).

He left that organization in the 1930s, and became a general organizer for the International Ladies� Garment Workers Union. Crosswaith�s work with the American Federation of Labor (AFL) sought to organize black workers in America. The consequences of his efforts were that a number of union locals began to hire African-Americans. This included the Motion Picture Operators, Cleaners, Dryers, Pressers, Drivers Unions, and other low-wage unions. Unlike other left-leaning West Indian blacks, Crosswaith did not support the Communist Party during the Socialist split of 1919.

He remained with Randolph�s black Socialist faction and became an intense anti-Communist. In 1942, he was appointed to the New York City Housing Authority; he held this (then) part-time, unsalaried position for five years. He also was the chairman of Randolph�s Youth March for integrated schools in Washington D.C. in 1958. Frank R. Crosswaith died in Chicago on June 17, 1965.



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  11/05/1940 NY District 22 Lost 8.04% (-52.01%)
  11/07/1939 New York City Council - Manhattan At-Large Lost 0.21% (-11.52%)
  11/08/1938 NY District 21 Lost 0.95% (-68.52%)
  11/02/1937 New York City Controller Lost 1.01% (-53.58%)
  11/03/1936 NY At-Large Lost 0.97% (-27.86%)
  11/06/1934 NY District 21 Lost 4.41% (-63.78%)
  11/07/1933 New York City Aldermanic President Lost 3.14% (-36.65%)
  11/08/1932 NY District 21 Lost 7.06% (-57.52%)
  11/03/1931 NY Assembly- New York 19 Lost 4.01% (-51.49%)
  11/04/1930 NY District 21 Lost 5.24% (-54.94%)
  11/05/1929 NY District 21 Special Lost 5.06% (-51.66%)
  11/06/1928 NY District 19 Lost 2.78% (-56.61%)
  11/04/1924 NY Secretary of State Lost 4.42% (-45.23%)
  11/07/1922 NY District 21 Lost 3.07% (-44.83%)