Mary McLeod Bethune’s Legacy to Black Women

  Mary McLeod Bethune made this day a red-letter date in American history for black women. On December 5, 1935, she founded the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) as an “organization of organizations” to represent the concerns of Black women, here in America and abroad. The NCNW gave black women the chance to realize their […]

Wise Words from a Native Floridian Regarding Higher Education

  “We are calling on land grant colleges to extend their borders as we have never called on them before, not only to help the immediate students that go to their schools but to reach out in the community miles around for students to come in. Give students an opportunity. Build tents for these boys […]

How Can We Forget Mary McLeod Bethune?

“I know you cannot all remember my name, but you will remember this face, remember this crown of white hair, remember the yearnings of a heart that is pleading for the unity of the world, that all of us may brothers be.” Source: Mary McLeod Bethune: Building a Better World Edited by Audrey Thomas McCluskey […]

Why Mary McLeod Bethune Remains an Iconic Figure

“One of the difficulties historians face in rendering assessments of a complex person such as [Mary McLeod] Bethune is that she defies sociological categories and stereotypes. She lived almost eighty years, a lifetime that reached from post-Reconstruction era to the dawn of the civil rights era. She remained socially and politically engaged throughout her adult […]

Mary McLeod Bethune’s Vision for Black Women

“Very early in my life, I saw the vision of what our women might contribute to the growth and development of the race — if they wee given a certain type of intellectual training. I longed to see women, Negro women, hold in their hands diplomas which bespoke achievement; I longed to see them trained […]

A Floridian’s Memory of Mary McLeod Bethune

“As a boy growing up in Daytona, I was of course familiar with how Mary McLeod Bethune started her school and I knew the mission she felt she was fulfilling. Very often she would come to our church, usually on the fifth Sunday night, and she would talk of her dreams for Negro youth. Often […]