Dudley Randall published his first poem in the Detroit Free Press when he was thirteen. Randall was born on January 14, 1914, in Washington, D.C., the son of Arthur George Clyde (a Congregational Minister) and Ada Viola (Bradley) Randall (a teacher).
After earning degrees in English and library science, Randall worked as a librarian until his 1974 retirement. He established Broadside Press in 1965, which became an important publisher of African-American poets and political writers.
Ballad of Birmingham
(On the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963)