`` Ballad Of Birmingham `` By Randall Dudley

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A girl, so very young, who already knows what a freedom march means has no idea what she will experience. A scared mother who does not want her little girl to see what is going on has no idea what is fixing to happen. Randall Dudley’s “Ballad of Birmingham,” gives a clear vision of what happened this day in 1963. The bombing at the 16th street baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama was a tragic event for the ones in this time. The poem shows the social and historical context of what exactly was going on during this time. The author, Randall Dudley, was born on January 14, 1914. He was born in Washington D.C. but moved to Detroit in 1920. Randall was an African American poet, publisher, editor, and founder of Broadside Press. Broadside…show more content…
So the little girl dresses in a white dress, shoes, and gloves to leave to go to the church. Her mother thinks the church is much safer for her. The little girl leaves and the mother hears a loud explosion. She immediately runs to the church to see what had happened. Her daughter is nowhere to be found. The only thing the mother could find was one of her daughters little white shoes. Stated in an article from the online database,”The 16th Street church was the first and largest black church in Birmingham. Located in the heart of downtown, it was known to host such historic figures as Thurgood Marshall, W.E.B. DuBois, and, later, Hillary Clinton, as well as a junior senator from Illinois who would later become America 's first black president. During the 1960s, 16th Street was the hub of the city 's civil-rights activities. There, civil-rights activists strategized, held mass meetings, sponsored rallies, and planned demonstrations in the fight against segregation.” It also states, “At the height of the civil-rights movement, Birmingham was known as Bombingham. By the fall of 1963, there had been more than 80 unsolved bombings in the city, including at the home of A.D King, Martin Luther King Jr. 's brother.” “It was "a moment that the world would never forget," Lonnie Bunch told The Washington Post.” During this time period, it was an era in American history that many Americans never want to happen again. The era when segregation was
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