Born to Rebel

An Autobiography

Benjamin E. Mays

Foreword by Orville Vernon Burton

Title Details

Pages: 464

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 04/14/2003

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2523-1

List Price: $30.95

Born to Rebel

An Autobiography

Benjamin E. Mays

Foreword by Orville Vernon Burton

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Born the son of a sharecropper in 1894 near Ninety Six, South Carolina, Benjamin E. Mays went on to serve as president of Morehouse College for twenty-seven years and as the first president of the Atlanta School Board. His earliest memory, of a lynching party storming through his county, taunting but not killing his father, became for Mays an enduring image of black-white relations in the South. Born to Rebel is the moving chronicle of his life, a story that interlaces achievement with the rebuke he continually confronted.

Mays's life exemplifies a tradition of excellence.

New York Review of Books

Mays's account of the lot of Negroes during his youth-and during most of his adult life, too-is a factual recital and a terrible indictment.

New Yorker

A noble book, a pragmatic and useful one.

Christian Science Monitor

About the Author/Editor

BENJAMIN E. MAYS (1894-1984) was educated at Bates College and the University of Chicago. He was a dean at Howard University, president of Morehouse College, and president of the Atlanta School Board. His books include The Negro's Church and Disturbed about Man.