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Broadside Press Broadside Series. Detroit: Broadside Press, 1965-1969.
Dudley Randall (1914-2000) created the Broadside Press in 1965 to publish his own poetry, but soon expanded to include other poets with focus on producing inexpensive but quality broadsides and books. The press was run out of Randall's home, with limited funds, but was able to publish the most important African-American poetry of the time. Profits from the sales were put back into the company as Randall supported himself as a librarian at the University of Detroit. This series includes poems by Hughes as well as by Gwendolyn Brooks, Jean Toomer, and Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka).
Waring Cuney, 1906-
Poets Cuney and Hughes were students together at Lincoln University, in nearby Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the 1920s and both were part of the Harlem Renaissance artistic movement. Wilmington native and author J. Saunders Redding wrote the introduction.
Langston Hughes, 1902-1967.
Hughes' first book, The Weary Blues, celebrates the everyday lives of working-class African-Americans in a vernacular voice influenced by such American poets as Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg, but is also strongly tied to jazz and blues and the oratory of the church.
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