Mary Mcleod Bethune

Civil rights icon Mary McLeod Bethune, a White House mainstay during the Roosevelt era that played a prominent role in his Black Cabinet, makes her grand return to the U.S. Capitol in the form of a statue that will sit in the National Statuary Hall.

  Mary McLeod Bethune’s contributions to African-Americans are numerous. On this day in 1935, she used her power and influence to create the National Council of Negro Women to empower Black women and their communities. Today, the NCNW continues the mission that the great civil rights leader and educator began long ago. Bethune, the child […]

Mary McLeod Bethune’s contributions to education and civil rights are well known, as evidenced by the amazing list of achievements the trailblazing educator made in her lifetime. On this day in 1936, Bethune became the first African-American woman to receive a major federal government appointment after being named Director of Negro Affairs for the National […]

When I was a kid, my parents had a coffee table book, “Great Negroes: Past and Present.”  Day after day, I would pass through the living room, (because there was no living in the living room) and didn’t really pay attention to the books that lived in the living room.  One weekend before I had […]