See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering Dudley Randall this Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 10:42 AM

MT columnist Larry Gabriel recently wrote about the poetry and legacy of the late Detroit poet laureate Dudley Randall ("Gift of a poet: Clarity"). It's a cliché to call someone a "major force" in their realm of activity, but Randall was instrumental in creating a publishing house for black poets just as a burgeoning new generation of voices was in need of one. His Broadside Press was the place where Don L. Lee (later Haki R. Madhubuti) and Nikki Giovanni, Etheridge Knight, Sonia Sanchez and others started connecting with national audiences. Significantly, established voices like Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker and Sterling Brown published on Broadside as well.

Detroiter and former Randall assistant Melba Joyce Boyd published the biography Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press in 2004 and recently edited an anthology of his poetry and writings, Roses and Revolutions. On Sunday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. poets and other Randall admirers gather at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center to read from Randall's works and view video clips of the master rendering his own words.

His words live on, and it's a fine tribute to have others bring them to life. But Randall spoke in a voice, at once strong and gentle, that, once heard, sounds totally in sync with his words. That pairing of his voice and those of his interpreters promises to make Sunday's event all the more poignant.

The Virgil H. Carr Center is located at 311 E. Grand River in Paradise Valley (as Harmonie Park is being rebranded); it's just south of the Detroit Athletic Club. For information, call 313-965-8430.



Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 20, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation