Virginia Edwards Maynor

On March 3, 2022, Savannah Morning News columnist Wanda Lloyd challenged readers to “speak the names of at least three [women] who are…sheroes in this community.” Beginning with today’s blog post, and rounding out Women’s History month with the next two blogs, I will answer her call to action.

Virginia Edwards Maynor is known as a woman of influence and has the accolades to prove it. Her highest professional achievement happened in 1998 when she became the first African American woman appointed to the position of superintendent of the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, the very system which was segregated when she attended as a child.

I have known Virginia my whole life. My mom, the late Ruby Futch Williams, and Virginia’s older sister, the late Jean Golden, were friends and fellow elementary school teachers in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. I know Virginia to be soft-spoken, yet strong. Professional and approachable. Intelligent, forward-thinking, and a person of integrity. She is supportive and has connected me with other professionals along the way. She is a mentor and a friend.

Besides all that, we are both A.E. Beach High School graduates, members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, like the color pink, and are avid readers. We also share a favorite quote by Maya Angelou: “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey.”

Virginia Edwards Maynor is a history maker among us. Happy Women’s History Month, Virginia.