Dudley Randall's Poem "Ballad of Birmingham" Essay examples

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Dudley Randall was born on January 19, 1914 in Washington D.C. and died on August 2, 2000 in Southfield, Michigan. His mother Ada Viloa was a teacher and his father Arthur George Clyde Randall was a Congregational minister. His father was very much into politics because of that Dudley and his brother would listen to prominent black speakers. When Randall was about nine years old he and his family move to Detroit, Michigan in 1920. By the time he was thirteen he had his first poem published in the Detroit Free Press. At the age of sixteen he had graduated from high school. After graduation, he went to work for a blast furnace unit at a Ford Motor Company’ Rouge Plant. After working at Ford for five years Randall took a job with the…show more content…
He could even translate Russian writing and experimented with a wide variety of styles in his poetry. Due to his many achievements Randall is considered one of our country’s greatest poets, publisher, and editor. “Ballad of Birmingham” The reason I chose the poem “Ballad of Birmingham” was because as I was reading the poem, it made me think of my children. As a mother, I always try to do the best for them, keeping them away from harm, and teaching them right from wrong. So I can understand why the mother wanted her daughter to go to church instead of marching the streets in protests. What happened in story The Ballad of Birmingham was a terrible tragedy story. Here we find a young girl getting ready to go out and march the streets in protests for the freedom of her country. When she asks her mother for permission, she was told that the streets are not a place for a little girl and instead is told to go to church. The mother knowing what danger lies in the streets during protest tells her daughter “No baby, no you may not go, For the dogs are fierce and wild, And clubs and hoses, guns, and jails Aren’t good for a little child”(Randall). She would rather see her child go to church, so the little girl got ready and was on her way. Her mother was glad to know that her child would be at a sacred place, but then the mother hears

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