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10,000 Black Men Named George
Written byCyrus Nowrasteh
Directed byRobert Townsend
StarringAndre Braugher
Charles S. Dutton
Mario Van Peebles
Theme music composerStephen James Taylor
Original languageEnglish
ProducerMichelle Mundy
CinematographyEdward J. Pei
EditorsKatina Zinner
Peter Zinner
Running time95 minutes
Production companiesDufferin Gate Productions
Paramount Television
Original release
ReleaseFebruary 24, 2002 (2002-02-24)

10,000 Black Men Named George is a 2002 Showtime TV movie about A. Philip Randolph and his coworkers Milton P. Webster and Ashley Totten. The title refers to the custom of the time when Pullman porters, all of whom were black, were addressed as "George"; a sobriquet for George Pullman, who owned the company that built the sleeping cars (and other Railroad cars) and the industry.[1]


The film follows union activist A. Philip Randolph's efforts to organize the black porters of the Pullman Company in 1920s America, known as the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. The effort was intertwined with the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt as President of the United States. The American Federation of Labor chartered The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, which made it the first African-American led union to be so recognized.[2][3]

Cyrus Nowrasteh won the Pen USA West Literary Award for Best Teleplay for its screen writing.[2]

The film is available for free via YouTube.[3]



The movie was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[5]

Awards and nominations

The film was nominated for multiple awards, including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. Charles S. Dutton won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. Andre Braugher was also nominated in the same category.
At the Black Reel Awards of 2003, Robert Townsend won the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Director, TV Movie or Limited Series and the Black Reel Award for Best Director: Television Movie/Cable, Charles S. Dutton won Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series, and Andre Braugher was nominated Best Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series and won Best Actor: T.V. Movie/Cable.

See also


  1. ^ Kersten, Andrew E. (December 21, 2006). A. Philip Randolph: A Life in the Vanguard. Rowman and Littlefield. pp. 27–28. ISBN 9780742548978.
  2. ^ a b "10,000 Black Men Named George". Labor Heritage Foundation. Retrieved December 13, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "A. Philip Randolph and 10,000 Black Men Named George — Union Facts Friday E27" (Video). American Workers First. Retrieved December 13, 2023 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Fearn-Banks, Kathleen; Burford-Johnson, Anne (October 3, 2014). Historical Dictionary of African-American Television. Scarecrow Press. p. 195. ISBN 9780810879164.
  5. ^ 10,000 Black Men Named George Filming & production Internet Movie Database[user-generated source]