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Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography

Randal Maurice Jelks

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ISBN 10: 0807835366 / ISBN 13: 9780807835364
Published by The University of North Carolina Press, 2012
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Title: Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the ...

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1.

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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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"Jelks uses Benjamin Mays as a lens through which to view the institutions, ideas, and personalities that sustained black thinkers and theologians during decades of struggle. This book is essential in filling out the picture of African American intellectual and cultural life through much of the twentieth century."--Paul Harvey, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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