Mary McLeod Bethune Dies

Educator and political leader Mary McLeod Bethune died at the age of eighty on May 18, 1955, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Born in Mayesville, South Carolina, in 1875, Bethune was one of the last of Samuel and Patsy McLeod's seventeen children. Former slaves, her parents were leaders of Mayesville's African-American community.

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 black students in Daytona Beach, Florida that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

We live in a world which respects power above all things. Power, intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom. ”

— My Last Will And Testament