Claude Mckay's impact on the Harlem Renaissance

    Claude Mckay had many works published and they served a great impact on the Harlem Renaissance. They revolved around black life and cultures. 
    His novel, Home to Harlem, was about a black soldier who leaves his duties and returns to Harlem. It gave readers his view on Harlem and its ways, impacting opinions and ways people saw Harlem and black life.  His second novel, contrasted black life as well and gave more insight on how they lived and what they went through. His novels gave readers a view on black life, and though controversial, helped the fight for their rights and equality.
    Along with his novels, Mckay's poetry had great impact on the Renaissance as well. His most famous and influential poem, If We Must Die, gained a great deal of attention and reassured his stand in the Harlem Renaissance. It was a strong and agressive piece on the way blacks were being treated, calling out the white men as dogs. He pushes towards the idea of fighting and standing up for their rights, saying "if we must die, oh, let us nobly die."
    Claude Mckay received great controversy on his writing, but nonetheless his works impacted the Harlem Renaissance and black literature.