Dudley Randall-old


Ben Yanke

Personal Life

 Born in Washington DC in 1914

 Moved to Detroit at a young age

 Married three times

 Began publishing poems when he was 13

 Studied and eventually taught at University of Detroit

Poetry Career

 Poem Counterpoem, with

Margaret Danner (1966).

Cities Burning (1968).

Love You (1970).

More to Remember: Poems of

Four Decades (1971).

After the Killing (1973),

Broadside Memories: Poets I

Have Known (1975).

A Litany of Friends: New and

Selected Poems (1981).

Ballad of Birmingham

 Written in 1963

 Written in response to the bombing of a black church in Birmingham

 The poem focuses on one of these children killed in the bombing, and the child’s mother.

 Eventually, it was turned into a song by Tennessee State

Ballad of Birmingham

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wW4SLv3jgM

Works Cited

 Madget, Naomi Long. "Dudley Randall's Life and Career." Dudley

Randall's Life and Career. University of Illinois, n.d. Web. 09 Dec.


 Randall, Dudley. “Ballad of Birmingham” Literature: An Introduction to

Reading Writing. Ed. Edgar V. Roberts and Robert Zweig.

Backpack ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2012. 449-450. Print.