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Transcript of Harlem Renaissance
In 1907 an English man named Walter Jekyll noticed McKay and helped him by setting in verses into music. McKay then migrated to the U.S and established himself as a poet.
McKay went on with his career and Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas. later on he moved to Harlem and in 1917 he published "Invocation" and "The Harlem Dancer," he wrote 1919, he wrote his famous poem "If We Must Die". Later he went on to publish "Baptism," "The White House", and "The Lynching".
between 1919 to 1933, McKay moved from the U.S to the U.K, back to the U.S and then to Morocco and back to the U.S. During this time, he wrote "Home to Harlem", "Banjo", "Banana Bottom". Claude McKay Birds of Prey
Their shadow dims the sunshine of our day,
As they go lumbering across the sky,
Squawking in joy of feeling safe on high,
Beating their heavy wings of owlish gray.
They scare the singing birds of earth away
As, greed-impelled, they circle threateningly,
Watching the toilers with malignant eye,
From their exclusive haven--birds of prey.
They swoop down for the spoil in certain might,
And fasten in our bleeding flesh their claws.
They beat us to surrender weak with fright,
And tugging and tearing without let or pause,
They flap their hideous wings in grim delight,
And stuff our gory hearts into their maws.
Claude McKay I choose this piece of poetry because it explains how the African Americans were treated before and after freedom. through his poem, McKay shows who the whites were still oppressing the blacks in the country and this made them feel inferior to the white americans. Diversity
National Unity The Harlem Renaissance was a centripetal force because it brought all the African Americans together because they all had a common goal for a good cause. The Harlem Renaissances was a dividing force because it separated the African American and white Americans and it became a centrifugal force.