African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

H. Percival Welsh, "A Call to Race Manhood" (1921)

Fellowmen of Negro blood,
With undaunted faith in God,
Come along, and take your places
With the men of other races.

Though we long have trampled been,
We a ray of hope have seen.
Women, men, and children small,
List to Marcus Garvey’s call.
Men of Ethiopia’s race,
You are Negroes, ‘tis no disgrace.
Let us then united be
In our fight for liberty.
U.N.I.A. and A.C.L.
Wheresoever man may dwell,
Your flag of red, and black, and green
High above all shall be seen.
Africa shall win the day
Though men and devils be in the way,
We are in the fight ‘gainst might.
God is with us; all is right.

    H. Percival Welsh
    President U.N.I.A.
    43 Barnett Street, Montego Bay

Published in The Negro World, February 19, 1921

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