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This morning, community activist and recent Atlanta Public Schools graduate Royce Carter Mann officially announced his campaign for Seat 7 At-Large on the Atlanta Board of Education. Mann is the first candidate to join the race for the seat currently held by Kandis Wood Jackson, who is not expected to seek re-election. At 19 years old, Mann is seeking to be the youngest member ever elected to the nine-person board.
“I am running for the Atlanta Board of Education to give power to the students because too often our voices are ignored and our ideas overlooked,” Mann said. “We must address inequities that exist throughout our district and ensure that students from every neighborhood in Atlanta have an equal opportunity to succeed.”
A graduate of APS class of 2020, Mann led last year’s effort to rename Henry W. Grady High School to Midtown High School. While at Midtown, he was a member of the student government, founded a chapter of Amnesty International, and was appointed by his principal as the student member of the school’s GO-Team (Governance Team). Mann has also served as a policy intern for the Board of Education and as a member of the district’s LGBTQ+ task force.
“Royce Mann is an effective leader that I have had the pleasure of working with for years. I believe that he would be an invaluable asset as a young, fresh voice on the Atlanta Board of Education,” said Gerald Griggs, a civil rights attorney based in Atlanta. “The future should lead now. I fully support Royce for Atlanta school board and so should you.”
Mann filed paperwork with the City of Atlanta late last month declaring his intent to run. The election will be held on November 2nd and is open to all City of Atlanta voters.