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Dudley Randall was born in 1914 in Washington DC blessed with parents who focused on education Mr Randall received his bachelors degree in English at Wayne State University in 1949 and his masters degree in Library Science at the University of Michigan in 1951 He began writing poetry at the age of four A continuation of his writing was successful on African American literary figures In 1965 he wrote the Ballad of Birmingham a very tragic and emotional poem In the early years of the Negro rebellion it was common in this geographical area to find Negroes floating in rivers The KKK burning crosses and the FBIs infiltration of groups as the Black Panthers Detroit the Poets hometown had riots that were deadly The assassination of John F Kennedy tragic as it was is still remembered today but not those little young people The Viet NAM war could not cloud the killing of Negro leaders in America The killing of Dr King and the writing of the poem reflex feelings of great disappointment Mr Randall saw the collapse of the stock market as a boy share croppers who had nothing to share and schools bombed to limit education of other Negro children It was the children of the sixties who grew their hair into Afros Dress in a style that identified their attitudes as fed up with this society It was these children whom no longer would agree too colored and white bathrooms or eat standing up in the back doors of restaurants In the poem Booker T and WEB the writer says for what can property avail if dignity and justice fail Mr Randall writes If the white man took the name Negro and you took the name Caucasian hed still kick your ass as long as you let him The death of the children in that church doing the freedom march on the streets of Birmingham was very tragic and should
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