Year-long series of events continues at Marygrove College on October10, 2013
DETROIT, Oct. 7, 2013— The Dudley Randall Robert Hayden/Dudley Randall Centennial Project will commemorate, through a variety of programs and activities at different Detroit area sites, two renowned poets who grew up and began writing poetry in the Detroit communities known as Black Bottom and Paradise Valley. The 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.
As part of Marygrove College’s Defining Detroit series, Marygrove professor Frank Rashid and Wayne State University professor Melba Joyce Boyd and will give a joint presentation on Robert Hayden and Dudley Randall. Film clips and bio-critical discussion of the Detroit writers will trace the relationship between their lives and their writings. This event will take place on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marygrove College Theatre, 8425 West McNichols, Detroit, and is free and open to the public. Call (313) 927-1383 for information.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Robert Hayden was born on August 4, 1913 in Detroit, Michigan, and Dudley Randall was born on January 14, 1914 in Washington DC, but moved to Detroit with his family on January 1, 1920. Hayden and Randall were first introduced to each other because they were poets. This introduction in 1937 occurred during the Great Depression and when both were engaged in the labor movement in Detroit. This relationship evolved into a life-long friendship. Though they pursued higher education at different times in their lives, they both majored in English at Wayne State University, and they both secured graduate degrees at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor: Hayden in creative writing and Randall in library science. Ultimately, both poets achieved international recognition and critical acclaim as poets; and as editors and educators, they made major contributions to the African American literary canon.