an African American poet and poetry publisher from Detroit, Michigan. He founded a publishing company called Broadside Press in 1965, which published many leading African American writers. Randall's most famous poem is "The Ballad of Birmingham", written during the 1960s, about the 1963 bombing of the church Martin Luther King, Jr. belonged to in Birmingham, Alabama. Randall's poetry is characterized by simplicity and realism.
Randall was born on January 14, 1914 in Washington D.C. He was the son of Arthur George Clyde (a Congressional Minister) and Ada Viola (a teacher) Randall. His family moved to Detroit from Washington D.C. in 1920, and he married Ruby Hudson in 1935, however,... more »
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''Shatter the icons of slavery and fear.Dudley Randall (b. 1914), U.S. poet. A Different Image (l. 7-12). . . Black Poets, The. Dudley Randall, ed. (1971) Bantam Books.
of the minstrel's burnt-cork face
with a proud, serene
and classic bronze of Benin.''
''"But, mother, I won't be alone.Dudley Randall (b. 1914), U.S. poet. Ballad of Birmingham (l. 9-12). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clai...
Other children will go with me,
And march the streets of Birmingham
To make our country free."''
''Black girl black girlDudley Randall (b. 1914), U.S. poet. Blackberry Sweet (l. 1-4). . . Harper Anthology of Poetry, The. John Frederick Nims, ed. (1981) Harper & Row....
lips as curved as cherries
full as grape bunches
sweet as blackberries''
Fit gravefellows you are for Lincoln, BrownDudley Randall (b. 1914), U.S. poet. Memorial Wreath (l. 15-19). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th Century. Arnold Adoff, ed...
And Douglass and Toussaint. . . all whose rapt eyes
Fashioned a new world in this wilderness.
American earth is richer for your bones; ...
and men strive with each other not for power or the accumulation of paperDudley Randall (b. 1914), U.S. poet. Roses and Revolutions (l. 20-27). . . Black Poets, The. Dudley Randall, ed. (1971) Bantam Books.
but in joy create for others the house, the poem, the game of
Then washed in the...
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