Dudley Randall was born on January 19, 1914 in Washington D.C. and died on August 2, 2000 in Southfield, Michigan. His mother Ada Viloa was a teacher and his father Arthur George Clyde Randall was a Congregational minister. His father was very much into politics because of that Dudley and his brother would listen to prominent black speakers. When Randall was about nine years old he and his family move to Detroit, Michigan in 1920. By the time he was thirteen he had his first poem published in the Detroit Free Press. At the age of sixteen he had graduated from high school.
After graduation, he went to work for a blast furnace unit at a Ford Motor Company’ Rouge Plant. After working at Ford for five years Randall took a job with the United States Post Office as a clerk and letter carrier. In July of 1943, he was enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps, and served during World War II. After returning from the war, he went back to work to the post office. In 1949,while working in the post office he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and his Master’s degree in Library science in 1951. After earning his degrees, Randall worked as a librarian until he retired in 1974.
In between all his success, he had established Broadside Press; which became an important publisher of African-American poets and political writers. He could even translate Russian writing and experimented with a wide variety of styles in his poetry. Due to his many achievements Randall is considered one of our country’s greatest poets, publisher, and editor.
“Ballad of Birmingham”
The reason I chose the poem “Ballad of Birmingham” was because as I was reading the poem, it made me think of my children. As a mother, I always try to do the best for them, keeping them away from harm, and teaching them right from wrong....