- NAME: Claude McKay
- OCCUPATION: Children's Activist, Civil Rights Activist, Author, Poet
- BIRTH DATE: c. September 15, 1890
- DEATH DATE: May 22, 1948
- EDUCATION: Tuskegee Institute, Kansas State Teachers College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Jamaica
- PLACE OF DEATH: Chicago, Illinois
- Originally: Festus Claudius McKay
- AKA: Eli Edwards
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Claude McKay was a Jamaican-born poet and novelist whose Home to Harlem (1928) was the most popular novel written by an American black to that time.
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Claude McKay was born Sept. 15, 1890, in Jamaica. Before going to the U.S. in 1912, he wrote two volumes of Jamaican dialect verse. McKay went to New York in 1914, where he contributed regularly to The Liberator, then a leading journal of avant-garde politics and art. With the publication of two volumes of poetry, McKay emerged as the first and most militant voice of the Harlem Renaissance.
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