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Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the MovementA Biography$
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Randal Maurice Jelks

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835364

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869871_jelks

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Introduction I Have Been a Baptist All My Life

Introduction I Have Been a Baptist All My Life

(p.1) Introduction I Have Been a Baptist All My Life
Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement

Randal Maurice Jelks

University of North Carolina Press

This book is a biography of Benjamin Elijah Mays, exploring important questions regarding the origins, development, and influence of his ideas. Mays was a distinguished educator, liberal theologian, an advocate of civil and human rights, and is primarily remembered as mentor of Martin Luther King Jr. Through most of his life, he had worked in the South, led black institutions, and advocated a commitment to social justice among American Protestants. In 1964, Mays published an article titled “I Have Been a Baptist All My Life” that emphasized freedom as the core value of Baptist faith and practice.

Keywords:   Benjamin Elijah Mays, civil rights, human rights, Martin Luther King, South, social justice, American Protestants, Baptist

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