Claude McKay
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You can read this quote from Claude McKay’s novel, Home to Harlem (1928), and other quotes from McKay, in Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations. Read how the quote is referenced here.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.