Benjamin E. Mays

Benjamin E. Mays


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for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



Mays inspired generations of students to strive for moral and academic

excellence and to work for racial justice in America



Books by Benjamin E. Mays


Born to Rebel: An Autobiography Disturbed about Man  /   The Negro’s God, As Reflected in His Literature 


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Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Speaks

Representative Speeches of a Great American Orator

Edited by Freddie C. Colston

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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, humanitarian, and orator. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to Dr. Mays as his “spiritual and intellectual father,” indicating the influence Mays had on the development of his social and religious thought. Dr. Mays inspired 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. The close bond between them remained throughout their lives.

In addition to mentoring King, the Nobel 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 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. May’s oratory that embraces the pre- and post-civil rights eras, along with lucid and logical analyses of many of the key issues of the twentieth century


As a minister, educator, ecumenist, counselor, civil rights activist, and author, Benjamin E. Mays achieved national and international renown. After earning a Ph.D. in Christian theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School, Mays became dean of the Howard University School of Religion. Serving in that capacity from 1934 to 1940, his contributions gained national recognition for the School of Religion and earned him an invitation to become the sixth president of Atlanta’s Morehouse College. From that post until his retirement in 1967, Mays inspired generations of students to strive for moral and academic excellence and to work for racial justice in America. His 1948 chapel address introduced a young student named Martin Luther King Jr. to Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence. Such a legacy made Benjamin Mays one of the most influential educators of twentieth century America.

Source:  Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Speaks

For orders and  information please contact the publisher University Press of America, Inc. 4720 Boston Way / Lanham, Maryland 20706 / 1-800-462-6420 /

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Freddie C. Colston has published articles on politics and the black experience in professional journals. he was a student at Morehouse College during the presidency of Dr. Mays where he received his B.A. in political science in 1959. He received an M.A. from Atlanta University in 1966 and a Ph.D. in 1972 from Ohio State University; both graduate degrees are in political science. He has done extensive research on the life and career of Dr. Mays since 1984. The author has taught political science at Fort Valley State university, Southern University, University of Detroit, Dillard University, Tennessee State University, North Carolina Central University, and Georgia Southwestern State University. In addition to his academic appointments, Professor Colston served a stint at the Executive Seminar Center, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he resides.

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Debt: The First 5,000 Years

By David Graeber

Before there was money, there was debt. Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.  Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history—as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.  

Economist Glenn Loury  /Criminalizing a Race

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama’s political success and Oprah Winfrey’s financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today… than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don’t know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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