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Benjamin E. Mays oral history interview, November 29, 1978

Identifier: MaysBE_19791129_P1978-05

Scope and Contents

Interviewed by Vincent Fort. Among topics discussed: Atlanta sit‑ins; influence of Greensboro sit‑ins, Montgomery bus boycott and Martin Luther King; Mays's background; Appeal for Human Rights; Council of Presidents; student leaders; academic allowances; Mays meeting with Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Born to Rebel. Segregation at lunch counters; Warren United Methodist Church meeting; recommendations of Morehouse board of trustees; Mays role in bailing students out of jail; segregation; impact of Civil Rights Act; Ivan Allen; importance of voting; March on Washington; impact of Dr. King on sit‑ins; congressional investigations regarding King assassination. Dr. King and Vietnam War pacifism; David Lewis; Black Power movement; non‑violence; Peachtree Courier.


  • November 29, 1978


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Biographical Note

Benjamin Mays (1894-1984) was an Atlanta educator, president of Morehouse College during sit‑ins.


1 item(s) (audio (1:05:42 duration))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

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