Claude McKay biography
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.