African American Poetry (1870-1926): A Digital Anthology

Ann Lawrence, "Raise the Pullmen Men" (1925)

The Pullman porters need a raise,
Yes, siree!
These men behind it deserve praise,
Take it from me,
Everyone should fall in line,
Boost the movement,
Yell it's fine!
More money for them Pullman boys
All along the line.

They scare make a living wage
As things stand.
A raise, regardless of the age
We now demand.
These are a loyal bunch of men,
They serve us all now and then,
So yell, 'More pay,'
Yell it again
For the Pullman men.


Published in The Messenger, December 1925

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