Mary Mcleod Bethune Research

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Background of Dr Mary McLeod Bethune “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies . . . Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die . . . It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 On July 10, 1875, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune was born on a farm near Mayesville, South Carolina. Mary McLeod was the 15th of 17 children of former slaves. Growing up amidst poverty and unjust manner with the reconstruction of the south, Dr. Bethune did not give up and let her circumstances define who she was or what she was going to be. Dr. Bethune worked alongside her parents and siblings in the fields until she enrolled at the Trinity Presbyterian Mission School at the age of 10. It was at this school that her eyes opened to the world and she later went on to study at a Seminary in hopes of becoming a Missionary. When that did not work she kept striving and became a teacher and soon fulfilled her dream of opening a school, which led her to Florida. In 1904 she founded the Daytona Educational and Industrial School for Negro Girls in Daytona Beach, Florida, which later merged with the Cookman Institute to become Bethune-Cookman College. In 2007, the school got its university status and became Bethune-Cookman University. While working to build what is now known as Bethune Cookman University (BCU), Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune became a national leader on issues relating to civil rights, education, women and also young people. She became president of the State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, and organized the group to fight against school segregation and ins... ... middle of paper ... ...ns, especially women. She was able to travel and touch so many people because she embraced everyone of every creed and color. I believe that her accepting the fact that the world viewed her people and others as different is what made her efforts more extensive and powerful. After working so hard for everything that Dr. Bethune worked for, the resolutions were both justifiable and concessions because everyone has the god given right to be one and also because there were so many people (Dr. Bethune especially) that worked hard just to prove that we as human beings have the right to live harmoniously. “Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible” –Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune was a woman who wanted to make a change in the lives of others and make a difference in the world.

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