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9/23/2013 7:08:00 AM
Stukes history presentation features Dr. Benjamin Mays
DR. BENJAMIN MAYS
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DR. BENJAMIN MAYS

Dr. Benjamin Mays will be featured at the Stukes History Series on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Library. There will be two performances: at  3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The presentation by Dr. Joe Stukes is free and open to the public. Dr. Benjamin Mays, born of slave parents in Epworth, South Carolina, overcame great difficulties to become one the outstanding black leaders of the state. Overcoming repeated rejections, he accepted an academic scholarship at Bates College and finished as the class valedictorian and commencement speaker. Ordained as a Christian minister, he turned to education and built an enviable reputation as professor and, later, as president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He was awarded 56 honorary degrees. His favorite student was Martin Luther King Jr., and he was a key player in Dr. King’s career. In his last years, he served as chair of the Atlanta Board of Education.


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