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Retired Educator Ernestine Miles Mann Leaves a Lasting Legacy

April 2020

Spelman Celebrates the Life of Ernestine Miles MannSpelman alumna Ernestine Miles Mann, C’57, was well respected inside and beyond the Spelman gates. The longtime educator who spent nearly 30 years teaching in the Atlanta public school system, died of COVID-19 on March 29, 2020

The Atlanta native received her early education at Spelman College Nursery School and her elementary education at Oglethorpe Elementary School, which was then a private school located on the campus of Morris Brown College; and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Prior to enrolling at Spelman College in 1953, Mann established herself as leader at an early age by serving as the president of her debutante club.

During her matriculation at Spelman, she was active in various organizations and sang first soprano in the Glee Club. In 1957, she graduated from Spelman with a major in English and a minor in elementary education. Mann, a past NAASC Atlanta Chapter President, was awarded the 2017 Spelman Founders Spirit Award and celebrated her 60th reunion in May of that year. 

An Educator With a Passion for Life-Long Learning

After graduation, Mann was hired to teach elementary education in the Atlanta Public School System; and taught in APS for 26 years at three different schools. Upon her retirement, she worked for the National Council of Negro Women and directed her church’s daycare center. She was also appointed by Mayor Bill Campbell to serve on the Civil Service Board for the City of Atlanta as the chair of the board. Mann was later rehired by the Atlanta Board of Education to observe and evaluate first-year teachers.

Mann joined the Atlanta Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College in 1957, and has been a member ever since. She served as chapter president from 1966-1968 and received the Distinguished Alumnae Award in 2012. She is also a member of the executive board of the NAASC and has held various positions for the national organization. In 2007, she was honored by the Atlanta Chapter for her dedication and leadership to the organization.

 A True Servant Leader

Committed to the community, Mann was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – Atlanta Alumnae Chapter and held several titles such as chapter adviser for the Eta Kappa Chapter of Spelman College. She has received many awards for her service including “The Delta Torch Award.” A Fox 5 News report said, "Mann, who was always vibrant, strongly independent and a former lay leader at Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church."

She is survived by three adult children – William Mann (Sharon), Karla Mann Mckinney, C’87 (Jeffrey), and Johnathan Mann and the grandmother of seven grandchildren. 

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