Dr. Benjamin E. Mays: Teacher, Preacher, Mentor, Scholar, Author, Civil Rights Activist

In honor of Black History Month, the Greenwood County Democratic Party pays tribute to Dr. Benjamin E. Mays.

This portrait hangs at the Benjamin E Mays Historic Site, located in Greenwood. For more information about the site, you can go to Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/benjaminemays/ ) or visit this website: https://discoversouthcarolina.com/products/3658


“Remembering Dr. Benjamin E. Mays’s Legacy”

by Marian Wright Edelman (Founder and President of Children’s Defense Fund)

“’It started here in a log cabin and a cotton patch. If it hadn’t been for Benjamin Mays, there probably wouldn’t have been a Martin Luther King.’ So said Ambassador Andrew Young as he spoke at the dedication of the Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site in Greenwood, South Carolina on April 26. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, who was born in 1894 to former slaves, was an adviser to Presidents, mentor of mentors like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lauded preacher and scholar, advocate for social justice, and the president of Morehouse College from 1940 to 1967. He was a remarkable man and role model for thousands of students who entered the doors of Morehouse, Spelman College, Atlanta University, Clark and Morris Brown Colleges, and the Interdenominational Theological Seminary, the schools that constituted the broader Atlanta University Center of Black higher education.”

To read more from this article: https://www.childrensdefense.org/child-watch-columns/health/2011/remembering-dr-benjamin-e-mayss-legacy/



He was a truly remarkable man from humble beginnings who accomplished greatness.

It is for this reason the Greenwood County Democratic Party honors Dr. Benjamin E. Mays.

Charles Lewis

GWCDP/ Chair



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