Broadside and Lotus: Black-Owned Presses in Detroit

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 9:00pm - 10:00pm



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Event typeReception/Open House
SeriesSpecial Collections After Hours

This open house features a selection of published work and archival material from the records of two Black-owned Detroit presses. 

  • Dudley Randall established Broadside Press in 1965 with the goal of cultivating the work of African American writers. The Press’ first publication was a broadside of Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool” in 1966 and over the following decades, Broadside published more than 200 poets and writers in broadsides, collections, anthologies, records, and videotapes.
  • Naomi Long Madgett founded Lotus Press in 1972. It was initially intended as a way of publishing her fourth book of poetry, Pink Ladies in the Afternoon, but it soon developed into a long-term project to find, support, and publish a wide range poets and authors, including Toi Derricotte, May Miller, and Dudley Randall.

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Special Collections After Hours is a monthly open house where we share highlights from the unique historical collections held by the Special Collections Research Center.

Left: “Black Madonna” by Harold G. Lawrence, Broadside Press, 1967. Right: “A Mandate for Remembrance” by Naomi Long Madgett, Lotus Press, 2001.


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