Dudley Randall centennial birthday event

January 12, 2014

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: McNichols Campus Library Bargman Room

Dudley Randall
Dudley Randall

Broadside Press, the McNichols Campus Library and the Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture will co-sponsor a celebration of Dudley Randall's 100th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. This event will take place in the Bargman Room, on the second floor of the Library, where a national Literary Landmark plaque honors him.

The plaque, the first Literary Landmark designation in Michigan, recognizes Randall for his contribution to the development of American black literature during the second half of the 20th century.  Randall established his own publishing company, Broadside Press, in 1965 and published little-known black poets.  Randall also is remembered for his work as a librarian and for inspiring many University students. More information about Dudley Randall can be found on the Library site.

This centennial birthday event is part of the The Robert Hayden/Dudley Randall Centennial Project, which commemorates these Detroit poets through a variety of programs and activities at different Detroit-area sites.

The broader purpose of these events is to examine the two poets' contributions to American culture, to expose their work to new audiences, to provide opportunities for creative and scholarly expressions that intersect with their poetic legacies and to acknowledge the historical occasion.

The program on Jan. 12 will feature readings by Broadside poets and other metro area writers. Refreshments will be served.

Admission is free, but RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Please RSVP to:
Sally Young, Library administrative assistant

RSVP: Requested

Contact: Rosemary Weatherston, associate professor of English
Phone: 313-993-1083
Email: weatherr@udmercy.edu