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Dudley Randall, Broadside Press, and the Black Arts Movement in Detroit, 1960-1995 written by Julius E. Thompson

 

Dudley Randall, Broadside Press, and the Black Arts Movement in Detroit, 1960-1995 written by Julius E. Thompson

Overview:

In 1965 Dudley F. Randall founded the Broadside Press, a company devoted to publishing, distributing and promoting the works of black poets and writers. In so doing, he became a major player in the civil rights movement. Hundreds of black writers were given an outlet for their work and for their calls for equality and black identity.

Though Broadside was established on a minimal budget, Randall's unique skills made the press successful. He was trained as a librarian and had spent decades studying and writing poetry; most importantly, Randall was totally committed to the advancement of black literature. The famous and relatively unknown sought out Broadside, including such writers as Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker, Mae Jackson, Lance Jeffers, Etheridge Knight, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde and Sterling D. Plumpp. His story is one of battling to promote black identity and equality through literature, and thus lifting the cultural lives of all Americans.

Synopsis:

Randall's Broadside Press was devoted to the work of hundreds of African-American poets and authors. Trained as a librarian and committed to the advancement of both black literature and black freedom, Randall became a major player in the civil rights movement in spite of his press's minimal budget. Thompson (black studies and history, U. of Missouri, Columbia) offers a comprehensive biography that takes note of the famous and relatively unknown writers who sought out Broadside, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Clarence Major, Audre Lorde, and Marvin Portman. The volume—the paper reprint of a library-bound edition originally published in 1999—is peppered with b&w photos, though they are of unfortunately low quality. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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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.

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