Mary McLeod Bethune: Educator
by Bernice Anderson Poole
Born in 1875 in South Carolina, Mary Jane Mcleod was considered a special child from the very beginning. She dreamed of doing things that seemed impossible for rural blacks at the time, such things as learning to read and write. In 1887 when she was offered a scholarship to attend Scotia Seminary in Concord, North Carolina, she eagerly accepted, going on from there to the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. After graduating, she returned to the South to teach, first at the Haines Institute and then the Kendall Institute, where she met and married fellow teacher, Albertus Bethune. Mrs. Bethune established her own school in Daytona, Florida, in 1904, merging it in 1923 with the Cookman Institute to form Bethune-Cookman Collegiate Institute. In the 1930s, she founded the National Council of Negro Women and was appointed Director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration by President Roosevelt. Until her death in 1955, she was acknowledged as one of the leading educators in America.
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