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Dudley Randall

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


  • ''Shatter the icons of slavery and fear.
    the leer
    of the minstrel's burnt-cork face
    with a proud, serene
    and classic bronze of Benin.''
    Dudley Randall (b. 1914), U.S. poet. A Different Image (l. 7-12). . . Black Poets, The. Dudley Randall, ed. (1971) Bantam Books.
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  • ''"But, mother, I won't be alone.
    Other children will go with me,
    And march the streets of Birmingham
    To make our country free."''
    Dudley Randall (b. 1914), U.S. poet. Ballad of Birmingham (l. 9-12). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Black girl black girl
    lips as curved as cherries
    full as grape bunches
    sweet as blackberries''
    Dudley Randall (b. 1914), U.S. poet. Blackberry Sweet (l. 1-4). . . Harper Anthology of Poetry, The. John Frederick Nims, ed. (1981) Harper & Row.
  • ''Fit gravefellows you are for Lincoln, Brown
    And Douglass and Toussaint. . . all whose rapt eyes
    Fashioned a new world in this wilderness.
    American earth is richer for your bones;
    Our hearts beat prouder for the blood we inherit.''
    Dudley Randall (b. 1914), U.S. poet. Memorial Wreath (l. 15-19). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th Century. Arnold Adoff, ed. (1973) Harper & Row.
  • ''and men strive with each other not for power or the accumulation of paper
    but in joy create for others the house, the poem, the game of
    athletic beauty.

    Then washed in the brightness of the vision,
    I saw how in its radiance would grow and be nourished and suddenly
    burst into terrible and splendid bloom
    the blood-red flower of revolution.''
    Dudley Randall (b. 1914), U.S. poet. Roses and Revolutions (l. 20-27). . . Black Poets, The. Dudley Randall, ed. (1971) Bantam Books.

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Langston Blues

Your lips were so laughing
Langston man
your lips were so singing
minstrel man
how death could touch them
hard to understand

Your lips that laughed
and sang so well

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