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In recognition of the invaluable contribution of literary great, Claude McKay, a day in his honour was recently hosted at Claude McKay High School in James Hill, Clarendon.
Students of the institution presented several of his works, as they took turns paying tribute to the literary figure, after whom the institution is named.
For Senior Clarendon Librarian, Ambrozene Johnson, who assisted in co-ordinating the event, the staging of a Claude McKay Day, is just one way of ensuring that students of the institution come to fully appreciate, the true legacy of a man who has helped Jamaica to gain international recognition.
Several students expressed a sense of pride in the fact that the institution is named after an individual who had performed outstandingly in his field, earning himself a place in the annals of history.
Claude McKay was born in Sunny Ville, Clarendon in 1889. He started writing poetry as a child, growing in acclaim after he went to reside in the United States of America, where the harshness of racism formed the basis of much of his work.
By the time he died in 1948, he was internationally recognised for works such as “A Long Way from Home,” “The Negroes in America” and “My Green Hills of Jamaica.”

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