Stories about "Benjamin Mays"
In 1980, at age 85, Benjamin Elijah Mays ’20 returns to campus for his 60th Reunion.
Photograph by Jim Daniels
Benjamin Mays’ living legacy

Sunday, March 10, 2013 1:03 pm

Mays ’20, the great civil rights leader, never forgot Bates. And it works both ways.

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‘Questions Worth Asking’ — President Clayton Spencer’s inaugural address

Monday, October 29, 2012 5:00 pm

President Spencer tells an inauguration story familiar in its broad outlines but revealing in its particulars.

Clayton Spencer holds the symbols of office during her installation ceremony as the eighth president of Bates College. The symbols are the keys, the presidential collar and the record book.
‘The embodiment of Bates values,’ Spencer is installed as president

Friday, October 26, 2012 4:00 pm

Bates formally installed Ava Clayton Spencer, described by her former boss as the "embodiment of Bates values," as its eighth president before a gathering of 2,500 on Friday afternoon.

MLK Day: A unique weekend of thought and reflection

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 2:44 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Bates College is an intense, community-wide...

King Day keynote looks at Mays '20 and his hopes for integrated church

Friday, January 22, 2010 1:01 pm

"Can we keep the faith when our dreams are imperfectly realized? I hope that we can." Monday was an especially fitting day for this question posed by historian Barbara Savage as she concluded her keynote speech for Bates' Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances.

Pulitzer-winning novelist Diaz speaks in Multicultural Center event

Thursday, April 2, 2009 11:35 am

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Junot Díaz welcomed to campus.

Work, Truly Our Own

Sunday, May 11, 2008 11:49 am

Among workshops that Bates held on Jan. 21 to honor Martin Luther King Jr., one stood out by virtue of its subject: Bates itself.

MLK Day events highlight legacy of labor, justice, and dignity

Wednesday, December 22, 2004 12:55 pm

The Rev. John Mendez, pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Winston-Salem Chronicle's 1994 Man of the Year, is the keynote speaker for the 2005 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances at Bates College.

Bates visiting professorship honors human rights leader

Monday, December 17, 2001 1:14 pm

Bates College has received a $1 million gift and pledge from the Orr Family Foundation, founded by trustee James F. Orr III, to support a distinguished visiting professorship in honor of human rights advocate Benjamin E. Mays, a 1920 Bates graduate who influenced a generation of civil rights leaders.

Presidential Medal of Freedom for Benjamin Mays '20?

Thursday, March 1, 2001 3:06 pm

Georgia senators Max Cleland and Zell Miller recently announced plans to introduce a U.S. Senate resolution urging President Bush to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the late Benjamin Mays '20.

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