Mary McCleod Bethune

July 10, 1875: Mary McLeod Bethune Born


▪Both of Bethune’s parents were enslaved and several of her siblings were born into slavery

▪Bethune was the only member of her family to go to school

▪In 1904 Bethune open a boarding school in Daytona Florida called, The Daytona Beach Literary and Industrial School for Training Negro Girls

▪This boarding school merged with Cookman Institute in 1923 and would ultimately become the Bethune-Cookman College which is now the Bethune-Cookman University an HBCU

▪Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935

▪In 1936 Bethune became the first African American woman to head a federal agency when she was named Director of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration by President Roosevelt

▪In 1940 Bethune became Vice President of the NAACP, she held this position until her passing in 1955


Book Feature: Mary McCleod Bethune (1977)
Written by: Eloise Greenfield Illustrated by: Jerry Pinkney

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