For over four decades Broadside Press has promoted the written word as a vital art form intimately related to self-determination, and used the publishing of literature as a vehicle for building communities and promoting cultural critique. Founded in 1965 by Dudley Randall, a librarian by profession and a poet whose expression of human compassion is unparalleled by mainstream publishers. Broadside Press Board Members are: Chris Rutherford, Dr. Gloria Aneb House, Aurora Harris, Uri Heru House, Roberta Rutherford, Mojisola Adeogun and Albert M. Ward.
Our founder Dudley Randall, achieved national and international prominence along with Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez Etheridge Knight and Haki Madhubuti. Broadside Press also became the publisher of choice for Pulitzer Prize winners Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker, Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden and many other poets of Randall’s generation. In addition, Randall published works of literary criticism by prominent black scholars, and served as the U.S. distributor of books by writers based in other areas of the African diaspora. In 1981 Randall was named the first poet laureate of the city of Detroit and in 2001, the University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus Library where he served as a reference librarian for many years was awarded a Friends of the Library USA (FOLUSA) National literary Landmark designation in his honor.
From 2007 to present time, Broadside Press members and the community are actively participating in our Broadside Press Institute of Cultural Studies summer programs at U of D-Mercy. Board members have conducted workshops about our Different Image Legacy Poets; past and current concerns and conditions that African American males face; historical African American leaders as part of our Leadership workshops; the impact of the HIP HOP movement; and our diasporic connection to poets and writers in other countries. Our Board Members have also successfuly worked with residents of Idlewild, Michigan along with the State of Michigan regarding the historical land marking of Idlewild, MI (in Yates Township), it’s Public library, notable homes, and other sites; the co-sponsorship of the landmarking ceremonies; and our first poets and writers conference that took place in August 2010.