By: Moesha Priester October 20, 2010 Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary was born on July 10, 1875, in Maysville, South Carolina, to Samuel and Pasty McIntosh McLeod. She had 15 other siblings and she parents were slaves.
After being supported by her teachers at a mission school in South Carolina and receiving a scholarship to Moody Bible Institute, she move to Daytona Beach in 1904 to begin her own school. Her one room school became the an Normal Industrial School for negro girls and taught a lot of subject one such as Economics.
Her school continually grew over the years until when it emerge with the Cookman Institute a school for all boys. They then change the name to the Bethune-Cookman Institute and they continue to stay in their current location. But Bethune was active in the fight against racism and served under lots of Presidents as a member of the unofficial African American “ brain trust”. Lately after she was appointed National Youth Administration’s Division Of Negro Affairs.
She also found the National Council of Negro Women and was and active member of the National Association of Colored Women. But sadly she died in May of 1995. Thirty years later in 1985, Bethune was recognize as on of the most influential Afro-American women in the country with a postage stamp issued in her honour and a statue of her erected in a park in Washington, DC.