A prominent African American Education Minister, educator, scholar, and social activist and is best known for being the longest president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Apart from this he was also a great mentor to human rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and was also one of the most articulate as well as outspoken critics of before the emergence of the modern civil rights movement in America. He further donned the role of a prolific leader in various esteemed national and international organizations like National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the International Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), the World Council of Churches, the United Negro College Fund, the Urban the Peace Corps Advisory Committee, among others.
"The tragedy in life does not lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach."
Benjamin Mays’ quotes always emphasized on two ideas- the dignity of all human beings and the incompatibility of American Democratic ideals with American social practices clearly expressed in his book Seeking to be a Christian in Race Relations, published in 1957. He has published two autobiographies; Born to Rebel (1971) and Lord, the People Have Driven Me On. (1981)