Only Just A Minute: The Play

Only Just a Minute is inspired by the life and times of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays – long-time president of Morehouse College and mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King and Benjamin Mays














In the wake of Dr. King’s death, Mays is visited by a young reporter, Max Mitchell, who argues against the non-violent ideals for which Mays has always stood. Mitchell plans to write an article for a national publication, advocating for more aggressive action. Mays, still in the midst of his grief, must confront this challenge and convince this young man that even though a leader has passed, hope for a peaceful future has not died along with him. Along the way, Mays questions his own long-held beliefs, while coming to terms with the loss of his colleague and friend.

Producer Bob Dockery, Jr. graduated from Morehouse College in 1966, one year before Benjamin Mays retired as President. Inspired by the many speeches and teachings of Dr. Mays, Dockery decided to create a play about the relationship between Mays and Martin Luther King, Jr., who had attended Morehouse under Mays, from 1945 to 1949.

The play, although in some parts fictional, was based on actual events in Dr. May’s life, obtained from various research sources, including Dr. Mays’ speeches, writings, and book.

Important Update:

The stage performance of Only Just A Moment  will move to the Southwest Arts Center.

Friday, August 22nd is the last night for the performance of Only Just A Moment to be held at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center.   (Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24,performances have been cancelled.)

The play moves to the Southwest Arts Center on Friday, August 29.  Performances at the Southwest Arts Center are scheduled as follows:  August 298:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 308:00 p.m.; Sunday, August 313:00 p.m.Thursday, September 48:00 p.m.; Friday, September 58:00 p.m.Saturday, September 68:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 73:00 p.m.

Tickets purchased for dates which has been cancelled can be used for other performances.  Call the ticketing office for further information at 626-869-7328

The show is produced by Morehouse graduate Bob Dockery, written by Aaron Henne including text and characters by Levy Lee Simon and directed by Atlanta’s own Tom Jones. Tickets are available for purchase online at, or by phone at 626-8MYSEAT (626-869-7328). Student, Group and Senior rates are available.

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