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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.

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1 By Eric Worthey

2  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

3  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

4  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.

5  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

6  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

7  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)

8  Claude McKay." : The Poetry Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2013.  "Claude McKay." - Ask.com Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2013..  "Claude McKay." Claude McKay. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2013. { "@context": "http://schema.org", "@type": "ImageObject", "contentUrl": "http://images.slideplayer.com/13/4042117/slides/slide_8.jpg", "name": " Claude McKay. : The Poetry Foundation. N.p., n.d.", "description": "Web. 01 Dec. 2013.  Claude McKay. - Ask.com Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2013..  Claude McKay. Claude McKay. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2013.


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