Dudley Randall

(January 14, 1914 - August 5, 2000 / Washington D.C)

Dudley Randall
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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 ... more »

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Ballad Of Birmingham

'Mother dear, may I go downtown
Instead of out to play,
And march the streets of Birmingham
In a Freedom March today?'

'No, baby, no, you may not go,
For the dogs are fierce and wild,
And clubs and hoses, guns and jails
Aren't good for a little child.'

'But, mother, I won't be alone.
Other children will go with me,
And march the streets of Birmingham
To make our country free.'

'No baby, no, you may not go
For I fear those guns will fire.
But you may go to church instead
And sing in the children's choir.'

She has ...

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