Anna Granville becomes Crisp County's first female African American school board member

CORDELE, GA- Tuesday was not only a windy day in Crisp County, it was also a very historical one.

For the first time in history the Crisp County Board of Education swore in all news members at once. One of those members being Anna Granville, who became the first African American woman elected to the board.

“I think it’s monumental… it just means a lot because I know I’ve been in positions where younger people look up to me and being able to set positive examples to let them know that there’s not anything you can’t do if you strive… it means a lot to me” says Granville.

Sworn in alongside Granville is Jay Brinson, Crandall Postell, Joe Joe Wright and Chris Anderson. Granville says all members are excited for what the future holds.

“The vibes have been excellent I think we’re all looking forward to working together and accomplishing things for the community. I’m looking forward to it.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp passed a measure back in January 2022 which transformed the structure of the Crispy County school board from at large positions to four districts and one at large position. Granville believes this decision opens doors to produce monumental change.

“…It’s the first time that every board member has been replaced and we all come from different walks of life and I think that will play a big part in it because we can kind of keep everybody in check on a different level so Im looking forward to it and think it will be a great tenure.”