- Founder of Bethune-Cookman College.
- Served as a New Deal government official
- One of the 20 highest-level offices held by women in the administration
- Highest held by an African American woman.
- Played a key role in founding FDR’s “black cabinet.”
- Served as president of the National Association of Colored Women.
- Founded and served as president of the National Council of Negro Women.
In honor of Black History Month AllEyesOnWho and Entourage Magazine celebrates the memory by honoring some of the pioneers through out the month of February.
Mary McLeod Bethune – born on July 10, 1875 in Mayesville, South Carolina, to former slaves. Bethune was an educator and a civil and women’s rights activist. She received a scholarship to Scotia Seminary in NC in 1888 which launched her career as an educator and activist.
She founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute in Florida, which later became Bethune-Cookman College. Bethune was also the leader and founder of the National Association of Colored Women and the National Council of Negro Women.
Bethune served in the Roosevelt administration as adviser to the president on minority affairs and director of the Division of Negro Affairs within the National Youth Administration.
In 1973, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In 1974, a sculpture was placed in her honor in Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C.