The Clayton school district said it recognized McKibben in 2018 for his impact on the community because, in 1967, he became one of the first black teachers to teach at a white Clayton County school.
“During his first year, McKibben began to open doors that substantially eased the acceptance of black students and teachers in what had been white-only schools in the county,” the district wrote.
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McKibben taught at Jonesboro Junior High for 11 years. He then helped open Mundy’s Mill Middle School, where he drew the Razorback mascot on a wall of a hallway.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the McKibben family. We wish you all strength during this most difficult time,” the district wrote.
The state's numbers released Tuesday at noon reported 14,223 cases and 501 deaths.