This Black History Month, we pay tribute to Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. She was president of the college from 1923 to 1942 and 1946 to 1947, and she was one of the few women in the world serving as a college president at that time.
The child of former slaves, she rose from humble beginnings to become a world-renowned educator, civil and human rights leader, champion for women and young people and an advisor to five US presidents.
Her legacy as an activist for education and social causes lives on today.
– Jennifer Fennell, CoreMessage, Inc.