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Listen to Interview About Legendary Morehouse President Dr. Benjamin Mays

Dr. Randal Jelks has written a riveting new biography of one of the most underrated figures of the Civil Rights Movement, Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography.  Dr. Mays served as president of Morehouse College, a Historically Black College in Atlanta, from 1940-1967. after serving as the Dean of he Howard University School of Religion for six years. Mays shephered Morehouse to international promise and was the spiritual mentor and advisor to Morehouse graduate Dr. Martin Luther King.  To listen to the interview click here: Randal Jelks Interview

Dr. Randal Jelks


Dr.  Randal Maurice Jelks is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Kansas University with a joint appointment in African and African American Studies. He is co-editor of the journal American Studies and a co-founder and editor of the Michigan based blog theblackbottom.com.  Jelks is a graduate of South Shore High School (Chicago), the University of Michigan (BA in History), McCormick Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in Comparative Black Histories); he is also an ordained clergy person in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Jelks has published both scholarly and journalistic articles. He is the author of the award winning African Americans in the Furniture City: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Grand Rapids. His research and writing interests are in the areas of African American religious history, Black American political history, Black transatlantic religious history, urban history, and the history of American social movements.

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