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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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In Search of a Call

In Search of a Call

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Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement

Randal Maurice Jelks

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the challenges Mays faced before he accepted his calling as a Baptist clergyman. Mays faced two impediments to his ministerial aspirations. The first was his social status as a rural southerner, who had no standing the growing number of churches in cities where black people flourished. Second, apprentice positions were open most often only to the sons of ministers, who were routinely groomed to succeed their fathers. While teaching at Morehouse, Mays was asked to be the pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, a small congregation near the school. He accepted Shiloh's offer and arranged to be ordained, and in January 1922, he became the pastor of Shiloh.

Keywords:   Mays, Baptist, clergyman, ministers, Morehouse, Shiloh Baptist Church

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