Monday, October 10, 2011

Dudley Randall: Librarian, Poet, and Founder of Broadside Press

Dudley Randall (1914-2000), a librarian, established the Broadside Press in 1965. Mr. Randall was a librarian at Morgan State University from 1954 until 1956. He also held various library positions at the University of Detroit, the University of Michigan, Lincoln University (Missouri), and the Wayne County Federated Library System. Mr. Randall received his library degree from the University of Michigan in 1951. In addition, Mr. Randall was a poet. He passed away in August of 2000.

Update 10/11/2012:

Dudley Randall, Albert P. Marshall, and Helen Price Sawyer Braxton worked together as librarians at Lincoln University (Missouri) during the 1950s.

Update 10/22/2012:

In 1954, Dudley Randall authored the poem Booker T.  and W.E.B.  To read the poem, click here.

Update 01/25/2013:
There is a brief biography of Dudley Randall written by Amber Eaton on the Click on the following link to read:

Sources: Joyce, Donald Franklin. "Unique Gatekeepers of Black Culture: Three Black Librarians as Book Publishers." Untold Stories: Civil Rights, Libraries, and Black Librarianship. Ed. John Mark Tucker. Champaign: Board of Trustees of the U of Illinois, 1998. 153-154. Print. ; Shockley, Anne Allen. "Librarians, Archivists, and Writers: A Personal Perspective." The Black Librarian in America Revisited. Ed. E.J. Josey. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1994. 322-323. Print. ; Wright, Joyce C. "Black Librarians as Creative Writers." Handbook of Black Librarianship. Ed. E.J. Josey and Marva L. DeLoach. 2nd ed. Lanham: Scarecrow, 2000. 653-654. Print. ; Thompson, Julius E. Dudley Randall, Broadside Press, and the Black Arts Movement in Detroit, 1960-1995. Jefferson: McFarland, 1999. Print. ; Boyd, Melba J. Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press. New York: Columbia U P, 2003. Print. ; "Dudley Randall Reviews Novel by Alan Paton." Lincoln Clarion (Jefferson City, Mo.) 13 Feb. 1953: 1. Print. ; "Page Has New Service System." Lincoln Clarion (Jefferson City, Mo.) 7 June 1952: 1, 3. Print. ; "Marshall Gets Office in State Library Assoc." Lincoln Clarion (Jefferson City, Mo.) 19 Oct. 1951: 2. Print. ; "Librarians Attend Chicago Meeting." Jefferson City Post-Tribune 5 July 1951: 10. Print. ; "Faculty Spends Holidays Both Near and Far Away." Lincoln Clarion (Jefferson City, Mo.) 7 Jan. 1955: 2. Print.

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