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Mary McLeod Bethune – American Educator

Mary McLeod Bethune was born in 1875.  Her parents were farmers and she had 16 brothers and sisters.  When she was only five–years–old, Mary worked in the cotton fields.  Later she dreamt of helping black people learn.  She opened her own school that later grew into a college.  Mrs. Bethune worked with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to make the lives of black people better.

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Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), was one of the great educators of the United States. She was a leader of women, a distinguished adviser to several American presidents, and a powerful champion of racial equality. She was a lively dancer and developed a lasting fondness for music. Dynamic and alert, she was very popular and the acknowledged leader of her classmates.

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

Mary McLeod Bethune


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