In Memoriam: Cornelius W. Grant, 1931-2019

Cornelius Grant, who served for 30 years as vice president of student affairs at Albany State University, died late last month in Albany, Georgia. He was 88 years old.

Grant also served as a member and chair of the Dougherty County school board and was president of the board of directors of the Albany Civil Rights Museum. He was the keynote speaker at the university’ Founder’s Day celebration this past April. On that occasion he rallid the audience to support the university by stating “our hope is not enough. We are in a tough fight trying to survive financially, emotionally and spiritually, and we have not been promised a rose garden. I wish I could tell you categorically what enough was, but I can tell you what I think enough is. I think perseverance, patience, positive thinking, and money. I think those are enough.”

In a statement, the university wrote “as we collectively mourn his transition, we also celebrate and honor his unmistakable and unwavering love and impact. Throughout his career, he has left an impression on the minds of thousands of students with his legendary phrase: ‘If it is to be, it is up to me.’”

Grant earned a juris doctorate at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee


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