*Mary McLeod Bethune was born July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, South Carolina.  She was one of 17 children of Samuel and Patsy McLeod, former slaves.

Mary worked in the cotton fields with her family. She married Albertus Bethune an they had a son.

She founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls (now Bethune-Cookman College) in 1904, and served as president from 1904-1942 and from 1946-47.

She was a leader in the black women’s club movement and served as president of the National Association of Colored Women. (more…)