MARY McLEOD BETHUNE
July 10, 1875, Mayesville, Sc Died May 18, 1955 , Daytona Beach, Fl
Husband : Albertus Bethune
Organizations Bethune Founded: Bethune-Cookman University, National Council of Negro Women, and
United Negro College Fund.
Mary McLeod Bethune: Very few people realize that in 1949 Mary McLeod Bethune received two historic awards. The Haitian Medal of Honor and received The Commander of the Order of the Star of Africa.
Education Summary : Scotia College from 1888 to 1893 Moody Bible Institute
Educator and Feminist she is a trailblazer for the advancement of African Americans. Her constant search for more money for educational needs for people prompted her to form powerful relationships with John D. Rockefeller as well as Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt. But Bethune, who founded her own school, now part of Bethune-Cookman College, did not separate education and politics.
Instead, she merged the two, leading voter registration drives as well as heading the National Association of Colored Women. She served as a member of FDR’s “Black Cabinet,” taking a special interest in issues pertaining to minority youth. In 1935, She founded the National Council of Negro Women. Helping black women secure leadership roles in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II . At the United Nations founding in 1948, Bethune was the only black woman present and, the following year, she served as the US emissary at the induction of Liberia’s president.