Dudley Randall, Broadside Press, and the Black Arts Movement in Detroit, 1960-1995

Dudley Randall, Broadside Press, and the Black Arts Movement in Detroit, 1960-1995

by Julius E. Thompson
     
 

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In 1965 Dudley F. Randall founded the Broadside Press, a company devoted to publishing, distributing and promoting the works of hundreds of black poets and writers. In so doing, he became a major player in the civil rights movement.

Randall was trained as a librarian and had spent decades studying and writing poetry; he was totally committed to the advancement of

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In 1965 Dudley F. Randall founded the Broadside Press, a company devoted to publishing, distributing and promoting the works of hundreds of black poets and writers. In so doing, he became a major player in the civil rights movement.

Randall was trained as a librarian and had spent decades studying and writing poetry; he was totally committed to the advancement of black literature. Both the famous and the relatively unknown sought out Broadside, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker, Mae Jackson, Lance Jeffers, Etheridge Knight, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde and Sterling D. Plumpp.

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Booknews
An exploration of editor and poet Randall's work in founding and sustaining Broadside Press and the contribution of the company in promoting black poets and culture during the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Accompanied by numerous tables showing social background and biographical information of Broad side poets (as well as other information), the text chronologically traces the fortunes of the company from Randall's youth in Detroit to the decline and revival of its past two decades. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Choice
Thompson has meticulously researched virtually every aspect of Randall's involvement with Broadside Press...this painstaking account helps to fill a significant gap in the literature about African American writers, and it belongs on the shelves of all major academic and public libraries
LISCA
carefully and deeply researched book...the definitive biography of Randall and the definitive account of his Broadside Press...a fascinating profile of the world of black poetry publishing in the United States in the last 35 years...an outstanding book...a priority purchase for all libraries...recommended
Journal of American History
useful

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786422647
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

The late Julius E. Thompson was the director of the Black Studies Program at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He lived in Columbia, Missouri.

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