Presentation on theme: "By Eric Worthey. was born in Sunny Ville Jamaica, West Indies Was the youngest of 11 Was sent to live and learn from his older brother, Uriah Theodore."— Presentation transcript:
was born in Sunny Ville Jamaica, West Indies Was the youngest of 11 Was sent to live and learn from his older brother, Uriah Theodore McKay by the age of 7 Developed a passion for poetry and songwriting by the age of ten Moved to the U.S. in 1912 to pursue professional career and financial gains
Wrote his first poem at ten years old 1906 McKay became apprenticed to Old Brenga (Walter Jekyll) Started to embrace African American roots Changed writing style to accommodate sit-ins and rallies
attended Tuskegee Institute Encountered extreme racism and switch to Kansas state University W. E. B. Du Bois' “Souls of Black Folk” In 1914 moved to New York and married Eulalie Lewars Began to write for the NAACP and other civil rights groups Began to have a national name as Civil rights Rep.
McKay published two poems in 1917 in The Seven Arts under the pseudonym Eli Edwards “If We Must Die” was published in 1922 in response to the “Red Summer” The poem was reportedly later quoted by Winston Churchill during World War II. founded the semi-secret revolutionary organization, the African Blood Brotherhood
Formation of secret groups led to red scare among other activists Moved to London in the fall of 1919 Became a military atheist Was accused of joining communist groups due to well known hatred for American way of government Becoming disillusioned with communism, McKay embraced the social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, to which he converted in 1944. He died from a heart attack in Chicago at the age of 59. He is regarded as the "foremost left-wing black intellectual of his age" and his work heavily influenced a generation of black authors
Poetry Constab Ballads (1912) Harlem Shadows (1922) Selected Poems (1953) Songs of Jamaica (1912) The Dialect Poetry of Claude McKay (1972) The Passion of Claude McKay (1973) Prose A Long Way from Home (1937) Harlem: Negro Metropolis (1940) The Negroes in America (1979) Letters Banana Bottom (1933) Banjo: A Story Without a Plot (1929) Gingertown (1932) Home to Harlem (1928) My Green Hills of Jamaica (1979) Trial By Lynching (1977)