Dr. Mays’ relationship with Martin Luther King Jr., is probably the most significant one, and King has admitted that Mays was his influence to become a minister. Since Mays did not have any boys of his own, he saw Martin Luther King Jr. as a son, and King viewed Mays as a spiritual father figure. Mays brought the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi to his chapel sermons, and King took these lessons to heart, using them in his mission for civil rights. Sadly, on April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King had personally hand-picked Benjamin Mays to deliver his eulogy.