Mary McLeod Bethune

By Alicia Triponey

What was she known for?

She was the founder of the National Council for Negro Women.

Where Was She Born?

Mayesville, South Carolina
Mary McLeod Bethune

What year was she born in and year did she die in?

She was born on July 10th, 1875. she died on May 18th, 1955 so that means she died at age 79 years old.
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Did you know?

Her life encompassed three different careers: as an educator, she was the central figure in the creation of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida; as founder and president of the National Council of Negro Women, she was a leading force in developing the black women’s organization movement; and in the political realm, she was one of the few blacks to hold influential positions in the federal bureaucracy during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration.

How did she change history?

Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and activist, serving as president of the National Association of Colored Women and founding the National Council of Negro Women.

one of her quotes

"I leave you a thirst for education. Knowledge is the prime need of the hour."