Model Monday: Mary McLeod Bethune
Today is our first Model Monday! Each Monday during our Back to School Campaign, we will be honoring one of our Educational role models by featuring them on our Blog and on Pinterest. Our first honoree is Mary McLeod Bethune. Bethune is also the inspiration for the name of our headquarters: Bethaday Community Learning Space.
Today we honor Mary McLeod Bethune for her contribution and leadership in the field of education. Bethune saw that education was a means for achieving social equity. She founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute in Daytona, Florida, in 1904. Twenty years later, her school emerged as the Bethune Cookman College and was one of the few places that African American students could study and attain a college degree.
Throughout her life, Bethune continued to work for the advancement of people of color by serving in the National Association of Colored Women and eventually working as a special advisor to President Roosevelt. Mary McLeod Bethune truly was an educational superhero.