Oct. 3, 2017

What American Democracy Means To Me

In Her Words, My Voice
Mary McLeod Bethune
September 1939

As we celebrate the founding of the Bethune School on this day 113 years ago today. I wanted to bring some words from one of our most illustrious educators and civil rights leaders, Mary McLeod Bethune, who not only founded the Bethune School which merged in 1923 to Bethune-Cookman College, now Bethune-Cookman University. Mary also founded the American Council of Negro Women. Mary McLeod Bethune's life was predicated on the philosophy of uplifting people of color in this nation. So who better to bring thoughts on what American Democracy meant to black people in 1939. One thing I found revealing is how we as a people have slid in terms of percentages of our community that are literate. That's why I will continue to work with "The Blackman's Read Aloud Hour" on Sundays-Fridays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Project Uplift Literacy. I do it because Mary McLeod Bethune would want me to.