African American History | Mary McLeod Bethune| First African American female federal agency head

Mary McLeod BethuneMary Jane McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955) was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Born in South Carolina to parents who had been slaves and having to work in fields at age five, she took an early interest in her own education. With the help of benefactors, Bethune attended college hoping to become a missionary in Africa. When that did not materialize, she started a school for African-American girls in Daytona Beach. From six students it grew and merged with an institute for African-American boys and eventually became the Bethune-Cookman School. Its quality far surpassed the standards of education for African-American students, and rivaled those of schools for white students. Bethune worked tirelessly to ensure funding for the school, and used it as a showcase for tourists and donors, to exhibit what educated African-Americans could do. She was president of the college from 1923 to 1942 and 1946 to 1947, one of the few women in the world who served as a college president at that time.

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3 Responses to African American History | Mary McLeod Bethune| First African American female federal agency head

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  2. Ametia says:

    Another great post on our courageous, smart, innovators, SG2. Ms. Mary McLeod Bethune proved beyond a shadow of doubt. that EDUCATION is KEY.

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    • Indeed! Mad props to Ms Mary McLeod Bethune.

      Chief Plenty Coups:”Education is your greatest weapon. With education you are the white man’s equal, without education you are his victim and so shall remain all of your lives”.

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