by Patrick H. Freeman
The Omega Man Project installment III looks at one of the greatest intellectuals of the 20th Century. Dr Mays was born on August 1st, 1894 near Epworth, South Carolina. A Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of Bates College and he also received his Master’s and Ph.D.Degrees from the University of Chicago in 1935.In 1934 he was appointed the Dean of the School of Religion at Howard University which capacity he served until 1940.
He became the president of Morehouse College in 1940 and for next twenty seven years he influenced a generation of African American men that challenged, and changed the moral fabric of this country. His most famous prodigy was Dr Martin Luther King Jr. who gave his life trying to make America live out the true meaning of its creed. Dr May’s tenure at Morehouse College launched this institution towards international prominence, and it was his educational standard that started what is called the Morehouse mystique.
Dr. Mays a mentor to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., pictured is the 1st of his 2 autobiographies; “Born to Rebel (1971).”
Upon his retirement from Morehouse Dr Mays began a tenure which changed the Atlanta school system when he was elected President of the board of education in 1970 serving in this office until 1981. Dr Mays received more than 56 honorary degrees, published more than 2000 articles, and nine books, including a posthumously awarded degree from Columbia University .
Some of Dr Mays works include “Born to Rebel” and the Eulogy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr which he delivered on April 9th, 1968 at Morehouse College . Dr Mays stated that delivering eulogy was like eulogizing one of his deceased sons- so close and precious was he to me.” He stated this was task that he felt inadequate to perform but accepted the challenge of such a task. This day Dr Mays delivered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, so eloquent, and befitting one of its greatest leaders who gave his life just trying to help somebody.
This is why I decided to write this installment of the Omega Man project to one of its greatest members Dr Benjamin Elijah Mays who lived in accordance of the very moral fabric that should be exemplified by all men of Omega!!
Here in western New York some of Dr May’s family members live here in the City of Buffalo which includes Officer James Ruff who like his uncle is a member and a integral part of the Omega Man Project.
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