DARC Ethiophile Chronicles
On this day
On May 22, 1948 Harlem Renaissance poet and author of the first best seller written by an African American, Claude McKay, transitioned unto the realm of ancestry. Claude McKay was born in Sunny Ville, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, on September 15, 1890. McKay moved to Harlem, New York, after publishing his first books of poetry, and established himself as a literary voice for social justice during the Harlem Renaissance. He is known for his novels, essays and poems, including "If We Must Die" and "Harlem Shadows." He transitioned on May 22, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois.