Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Speaks: Representative Speeches of a Great American Orator

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Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Speaks is a documentary of thirty-one speeches delivered by the great educator, civil rights advocate, minister, philosopher, and orator. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., referred to Dr. Mays as his "spiritual and intellectual father," indicating the influence the educator had on the development of his social and religious thought. Dr. Mays inspired and motivated young King while he was a student at Morehouse College during the 1940s through his Tuesday morning chapel speeches to the student body...
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Overview

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Speaks is a documentary of thirty-one speeches delivered by the great educator, civil rights advocate, minister, philosopher, and orator. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., referred to Dr. Mays as his "spiritual and intellectual father," indicating the influence the educator had on the development of his social and religious thought. Dr. Mays inspired and motivated young King while he was a student at Morehouse College during the 1940s through his Tuesday morning chapel speeches to the student body and in informal chats thereafter. In addition to mentoring King, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Mays had a significant impact on the lives of an immeasurable number of others who made meaningful contributions to American life and culture. Dr. Mays delivered more than a thousand speeches during his remarkable career. He was a powerful, credible, smooth speaker, who captured the audience's full attention in the first few minutes, and held it until the end. This book is the first attempt to craft a representative collection of Dr. Mays's oratory that embraces the pre- and post-civil rights eras, along with clear and logical analyses of many of the key issues of the twentieth century.
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Editorial Reviews

Newport News Virginia Daily Press
This compilation offers current and future generations a peek at a master linguist whose finely honed mind harnessed itself to the impeccable values of the Judeo-Christina tradition. . . . Gems of wisdom literally leap from every page.
Daily Press
This compilation offers current and future generations a peek at a master linguist whose finely honed mind harnessed itself to the impeccable values of the Judeo-Christina tradition. . . . Gems of wisdom literally leap from every page.
Booknews
Benjamin Mays was an African-American educator and a vocal opponent of segregation and discrimination who influenced the thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr. Political scientist Colston presents a collection of the speeches, commencement addresses, sermons, and eulogies of Mays, in which he comments on race relations and the state of education in the United States. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761823438
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Freddie C. Colston is a retired Professor of Political Science.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword: Benjamin E. Mays: An African American Spokesperson as an Agent of Political Socialization Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 General Audiences: Radio Address on the Seventy-Eighth Anniversary of Morehouse College; The Liberal Arts College in an Atomic Age; Why an Atlanta School Suit?; Our Colleges and the Supreme Court Decision; The Inauguration of President William H. De Chapter 6 Commencement Addresses: The Paradox of Life; The Challenge to Overcome the Major Disabilities of 341 Years in a Quarter of a Century; A Crisis and a Challenge; Twenty-Seven Years of Success and Failure at Morehouse; The Universities' Unfinished Work Chapter 7 Sermons: Except a Man Be Born Again, He Cannot See the Kingdom of Heaven; His Goodness Was Not Enough; The Church Amidst Ethnic and Racial Tensions; Why Jesus Called the Rich Man a Fool; The Vocation of a Christian-In, but Not of, the World; In What Chapter 8 Eulogies: Eulogy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Eulogy of Dr. Whitney Young, Jr.; Eulogy of Dr. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Chapter 9 Postscript Chapter 10 Bibliography Chapter 11 Index Chapter 12 About the Author
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