Ballad of Birmingham

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Ballad of Birmingham

The poem "The Ballad of Birmingham, by Dudley Randall, is based on the historical event of
the bombing in 1963 of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s church by white terrorists. It is a poem
in which a daughter expresses her interest in attending a civil rights rally and the
mother fearful for her daughter's safety refuses to let her go. In the poem the daughter
in fighting for the course of th eoperessed people of her time/generation instead of going
out to play. She is concerned with securing the freedom of her people during the civil
rights era in the 1960s. Hence, in lines 3 and 4 she says "And marc the streets of
Birmingham". "In a freedom march today.


In response to her desire and request, her mother would not support her joining the
freedom march, explaining to her the implications for a young girl. The mother reminds her
about the dangers she could meet on th way, referring to the opressors in line six as "The
dogs are fierce and wild" and would use their dangerous weapons (in line 7) clubs, horses,
guns and jails to stall her every move. Her mother even reminds her that such weapons and
jail houses are not a good for a young person.


In her determination to be part of the freedom fighters, the daughter tries to win her
mother's agreement and approval for her to join others in the March. She tells her mother
that other children will also be marching today to make the country free.
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