Claude McKay

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Claude McKay

Claude Mckay was an influential author during the Harlem Renaissance

Claude McKay

OriginClaude McKay was born in Jamaica in 1889. He moved to the United States in 1812 where he was shocked by the amount of racism and segregation. The oppressions that he faced inspired much of his writing.

WorksMcKay published numerous poems as well as three novels, titled 'Home to Harlem', 'Banana Bottom', and 'Banjo'.

LegacyMcKay's novel 'Home to Harlem' became a best seller and won the Harmon Gold Award. In 1977 he was posthumously named the national poet of Jamaica.

Legacy McKay also made the list of '100 Greatest African Americans' in 2002.


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