Coming from such humble beginnings, that she would become a primary educator of women and an advisor and friend of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is an incredible achievement. That she did this as an African American in the south, in a time of rampant Jim Crow, is truly amazing.
Dr. Bethune was as accessible to her students as she was to presidents (she was advisor to 4) She’s one of those women I wish I could have had over for dinner.
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Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955) was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roose...