@ New Georgia Encyclopedia
DescriptionPhotograph of Dr. Benjamin Mays accepting the presidency of the Atlanta Board of Education in 1970. He is seated at a table on which a microphone and a glass of water. He appears to be speaking. After his retirement in 1967 from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, Mays remained active in several social and political organizations of prominence and was in demand as a speaker and lecturer. Mays was the president of Morehouse college from 1940 until his retirement in 1967. He was also a significant mentor to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and was among the most articulate and outspoken critics of segregation before the rise of the modern civil rights movement in the United States.