Jul. 10, 2019

July 10, 1875 Birthday of Ms. Mary Jane McCleod Bethune, An American Educational Icon

What does American Democracy Mean To Me?

Today I celebrate the birthday of Mary McCleod Bethune, the founder of one of America's greatest educational institutions, Bethune Cookman University, located in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ms. Bethune​ was also the founder of the Council of Negro Women, a thriving organization dedicated to the uplift of black communities across this nation. Ms. Bethune has always placed a premium on blacks gaining a strong educational foundation. That's why she is remembered as one of America's foremost educational leaders. Today, I read the words Ms. Bethune spoke as she described exactly what American Democracy meant to her. Mary McCloud Bethune stated at this period in our black history, 80% of black Americans had moved from being illiterate to being literate when she spoke on this radio panel broadcast. It is my hope that in the near future our black communities will achieve a level of universal literacy to honor the memory of Mary McCleod Bethune.