“OUR AIM must be to create a world of fellowship and justice where no man’s skin color or religion, is held against him. “Love thy neighbor” is a precept which could transform the world if it were universally practiced. It connotes brotherhood and, to me, brotherhood of man is the noblest concept in all human relations. Loving your neighbor means being interracial, inter-religious and international.” – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune
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Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune was a visionary, influential educator, leader and civil rights activist who became one of the nation’s most notable figures.
In March 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill paving the way for Dr. Bethune’s statue to be placed in National Statuary Hall in our nation’s Capitol. Dr. Bethune will be the first African American woman honored by a state.
Having completed her education, Mary McLeod began teaching in 1895. She worked in small schools for African American girls.
Opened the Daytona Education & Industrial Training School for Negro Girls
In her own life, Bethune recognized the value of education. She began her school with only 5 students, but it grew to 250 students over the coming years.
Becomes President of National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs
Bethune was elected President of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club. This is her first significant role in the civil rights movement.
“The Black Cabinet”
First known as the Federal Council of Negro Affairs, this informal group advised president Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Public Policy Advisor to the Roosevelts
Bethune became a special advisor on minority issues. She became especially close with Franklin D Roosevelt’s wife Eleanor. The two women remained friends for many years.
Committee on National Defense
In the early 1950s, Bethune served on a committee for National Defense and was sent as a U.S. delegate to Liberia.
May 18, 1955
After a brief period of retirement, Bethune died in 1955 after a full day’s work in her home in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her last will and testament strongly stressed the importance of education for African Americans and women.