Judge Thompson, speaking of half a century ago when he was a defense attorney, said he would have a sinking feeling in his stomach whenever he learned Randolph was working with prosecutors on a case Thompson was involved in.
"When he met with adversity relative to promotions, he even took on the District Attorney himself and eventually the Governor of New York to rectify agency inequities," the Randolph family said in the obituary they wrote up in Atlanta.
Despite his willingness to rebel when he felt he was wronged -- or perhaps because of it -- Randolph climbed the ladder in the District Attorney's office.
"He became the first African American Rackets Investigator in that office and later achieved the position of Senior Rackets Investigator and eventually Deputy Chief Investigator and head of the Consumer Fraud Division," the family wrote.
After the war, Randolph moved to Brooklyn (he was born in Newark, New Jersey) and, among other things, he was a photographer in the Brooklyn bureau of the Amsterdam News, opened his own photography studio, operated a beauty salon, drove a cab and was a merchant marine.