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McKay, Claude, Residence

New York, New York
County of New York.
National Register Number: 76002143
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling.
Certified Local Government: YES

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 8, 1976):
This was the residence, from 1941 to 1946, of the African American poet and writer often called the "Father of the Harlem Renaissance" the notable black literary movement of the 20th century. McKay gained fame in 1919 with publication of his explosive poem, "If We Must Die," an eloquent statement about post-World War I racial conditions, which Winston Churchill once read to the British Pariament. McKay also wrote "Home to Harlem," the first book by an African American to reach the bestseller lists.

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