Benjamin E. Mays

(Benjamin Elijah Mays)

Benjamin E. Mays
Benjamin E. Mays
  • Born: August 1, 1894
  • Died: March 28, 1984
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Educator









Benjamin Elijah Mays was an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader who is credited with laying the intellectual foundations of the African-American civil rights movement. Mays taught and mentored many influential activists: Martin Luther King Jr, Julian Bond, Maynard Jackson, and Donn Clendenon, among others. His rhetoric and intellectual work focused on notions of nonviolence and civil resistance–beliefs inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. The peak of his public influence occurred during his almost thirty years as the 6th President of Morehouse College, a historically black institution of higher learning.

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Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.
For nearly a century, the South made itself believe that Negroes and white people were really communicating. So convinced of this were the white Southerners that they almost made the nation believe that they, and only they, knew the mind of the Southern Negro.
Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other. Truth ;Respect
If what is communicated is false, it can hardly be called communication.
It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture.
It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.
It isn't a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.
It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. Life
Many well-meaning intelligent people have argued since the May 17, 1954, decision of the United States Supreme Court outlawing segregation in the public schools that communication between the races has broken down.
Not failure, but low aim is sin. Failure
The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities. Life ;Failure

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