LEST WE FORGET | Morehouse College President Benjamin Elijah Mays | #HBCUstory | This "Maker of Men" died on March 28, 1984. It was 3 months before I graduated high school and 7 months before I entered #Morehouse
College as a freshman, Fall 1984.
Born in a shack in Ninety Six, South Carolina on August 1, 1894, civil rights theorist, educator, preacher, Morehouse College president and mentor to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — Dr. Mays was schoolmaster to the civil rights movement, to paraphrase biographer Randal M. Jelks.
After spending a year at Virginia Union University, he attended and graduated from Bates College in Maine, before earning his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago, while working as a Pullman porter to make ends meet.
In 1934, Mays accepted the position of dean of the School of Religion at Howard University in Washington, D.C. during which time he traveled to India, where, at the urging of Howard Thurman, a fellow professor at Howard, he spoke at some length with Mahatma Gandhi.
In 1940, Mays became the president of Morehouse College. His most famous student there was Martin Luther King Jr. The two developed a close relationship that continued until King's death in 1968; As his lifelong mentor, Mays delivered the eulogy for King.
Following his death in Atlanta on March 28, 1984, he was entombed on the campus of Morehouse College; his wife Sadie is entombed beside him.
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