After retiring from Morehouse College, Dr. Mays was the first African American elected to the Atlanta Board of Education. Atlanta schools were desegregated and integrated without incident. In recognition of his influence in education and racial equality, Dr. Mays received more than sixty-five honors from organizations at the state, national, and international levels. Dr. Mays died on March 28, 1984, and his legacy is one of inspiration, equality, and overcoming challenges, no matter what the odds. Dr. Mays used Christianity, education, and democracy to fight for equality, and for African Americans to have level access to achieving goals, and for improving society.