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Dudley Randall

Born: Jan 14, 1914

Death: Aug 5, 2000

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Dudley Randall

Date of Birth : Jan 14, 1914
Date of Death : Aug 5, 2000
Birth Place : Washington, D.C.

Dudley Randall was an African-American poet and poetry publisher from Detroit, Michigan. He founded a pioneering publishing company called Broadside Press in 1965, which published many leading African-American writers, among them Melvin Tolson, Sonia Sanchez, Audre Lorde, Gwendolyn Brooks, Etheridge Knight, Margaret Walker, and others. Randall's most famous poem is "The Ballad of Birmingham", written in response to the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in which four girls were killed. Randall's poetry is characterized by simplicity and realism. Other well-known poems of his include "A Poet is not a Jukebox", "Booker T. and W.E.B.", and "The Profile on the Pillow".


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