Benjamin Elijah Mays, schoolmaster of the movement : a biography
- Jelks, Randal Maurice, 1956-
- Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2012.
- Physical description
- xv, 327 p. : ill ; 25 cm.
LC2851 .M72 J45 2012
- Unknown LC2851 .M72 J45 2012
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-317) and index.
- Introduction : I have been a Baptist all my life
- My earliest memory was a mob
- I set out to learn how the sixty-six books of the Bible were produced
- In search of a call
- The Negro's God
- The most neglected area in Negro education
- Schoolmaster of the movement
- Seeking to be Christian in race relations
- I have only just a minute
- This is not a short war, this is a long war
- Epilogue : Lord, the people have driven me on.
- Publisher's Summary
- In this first full-length biography of Benjamin Mays (1894-1984), Randal Maurice Jelks 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. Jelks argues that Mays's ability to connect the message of Christianity with the responsibility to challenge injustice prepared the black church for its pivotal role in the civil rights movement. From Mays's humble origins in Epworth, South Carolina, through his doctoral education, his work with institutions such as the National Urban League, the NAACP, and the national YMCA movement, and his significant career in academia, Jelks creates a rich portrait of the man, the teacher, and the scholar. "Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement" is a powerful portrayal of one man's faith, thought, and mentorship in bringing American apartheid to an end.
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- Publication date
- Randal Maurice Jelks.