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Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography

Randal Maurice Jelks


This full-length biography of Benjamin Mays (1894–1984) chronicles the life of the man Martin Luther King Jr. called his “spiritual and intellectual father.” Dean of the Howard University School of Religion, president of Morehouse College, and mentor to influential black leaders, Mays had a profound impact on the education of the leadership of the black church and of a generation of activists, policymakers, and educators. The author argues that Mays' ability to connect the message of Christianity to the responsibility to challenge injustice prepared the black church for its pivotal role in the ... More

Keywords: Benjamin Mays, Howard University, Morehouse College, mentor, black leaders, black church, activists, policymakers, educators, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835364
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869871_jelks


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randal Maurice Jelks, author