Quote of the Day: Benjamin E. Mays on Martin Luther King Jr.

The minister and educator on how the civil rights icon fulfilled his purpose, and how others should do the same.


Benjamin E. Mays

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You can read this quote by Benjamin E. Mays, from his eulogy for Martin Luther King Jr. at Morehouse College in 1968, and other quotes from Mays in Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations. Read the quote in its full context here.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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