Poet Praise: Claude McKay

In Honor of Black History Month

Harlem Renaissance Poet:  Claude McKay (1890-1948)


Human dignity is more precious than prestige.

Excerpt from his poem, America.

…I love this cultured hell that tests my youth.
Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate,
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood…

Click here to read the poem in it’s entirety.

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