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Mary McLeod Bethune
Transcript of Mary McLeod Bethune
change the world and make it a better place
Mary believed that equal rights for African Americans and women would give them the opportunity to succeed. She started schools and advocated for rights and formed organizations, such as the National Council of Negro Women.
Mary McLeod Bethune improved life for other people
She was a teacher and advisor to two presidents about African-American issues. She was the only child to go to school in her family of 17 kids. Both her parents grew up as slaves, so she was determined to dedicate herself to improving the lives of all African Americans through education.
Mary's character traits
Leadership: Guidance and direction
Diligence: Steady effort
Courage: She created a school for African Americans before there
were many opportunities for them.
Diligence: She walked five miles every day to school.
Leadership: She worked her entire life helping African Americans
achieve the same rights as white people.
Connection between other historical figures
an advisor to President Roosevelt.
Her strong friendship with Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt helped make the National Council of Negro women which was founded in 1935, a force in national politics.
Mary McLeod Bethune once said “Knowledge is the prime need of the hour." She also said “The whole world
opened up to me when I learned to read." It was almost fifty years from the end of slavery in 1863 until the first black student completed 8th grade in 1912 at the school she started. In another half century the Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964.
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Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary was born on a little farm in Mayesville, South Carolina in 1875.
“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends."
Mary McLeod Bethune was the first woman and first African American to be honored with a statue in a public park in Washington, D.C.
In Daytona, Florida, in 1904 she began a school with $1.50. She expanded the school to a high school, then a junior college, and finally it became Bethune-Cookman College.
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Mary McLeod Bethune's first school, Daytona Normal and Industrial School for Negro Girls.
Emancipation Proclamation announced the end of slavery
Mary graduates from Scotia Seminary
Mary McLeod Bethune is born
Opened Daytona Educational and
Industrial School for Negro Girls
Bethune College and Cookman College merge
to form Bethune-Cookman College
Chosen as Roosevelt's advisor
on minority affairs
Mary McLeod Bethune dies at
age 80 in Daytona, Florida
Mary was born in South Carolina
Mary went to school in North Carolina
Mary started a
school in Florida that became Bethune Cookman College
Mary lived in Washington DC and advised presidents
Mary went to
college in Illinois