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Claude McKay was known by many things during his life, and one of these was a Communist, though not many people fully understand his story. McKay would travel to different places looking for inspiration as a writer, and this led him to the Soviet Union (Sampollo). While there, he and a couple of his colleagues attended the Communist party´s Fourth Congress in 1932, one of the largest gatherings for the party (Share). In 1934, McKay returned to America only to get threats from groups and individuals who heard he attended the Congress and thought less of him once they found out (Sampollo). More African-Americans than McKay were switching to Communism because they felt that it would help them become more equal than if they stayed with their previous party. Many people thought McKay was a full fledged communist, but he only attended one gathering, and people in America wanted to think he was flawed. In 1942, McKay gave up on Communism and converted to Christianity. It was never described why he did it, but from 1942 to the year of his death, 1948, McKay identified as Christian. Now, the black community accepted him more than when he was part-communist, and he even worked with a Christian youth group, Harlem Friendship House. McKay was a complex person and also a complex writer. He chose to do something most people at that time thought was not appropriate but it felt good to him, and he stuck to his beliefs even in the face of his doubters. Although Claude McKay is not known by many people today, when he was alive he earned an international reputation, and a very good one at that. As a poet, he inspired many people even though his writing style was unique and not accepted by everyone. As a novelist, he changed many people’s schools of thought, for some, their lives. As a key leader in the Harlem Renaissance, he changed the black community in a positive way forever. McKay had to work hard to earn what he had become, and the racism in America did not help with that. He wrote with loathing to express how he really felt, because the only way to do that was to speak what he truly felt needed to be spoken, not just what others want to hear. His opinions were shared with almost the entirety of Harlem and everyone else who was suffering from racism. Being a child who grew up naive to racism and emerging into it, he handled it the only way he knew how, by writing from his heart

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