Mary Mcleod Bethune is named one of America’s fifty leading women.
1930 (Jun 22)
Black educator, feminist leader, and civil rights spokesperson Mary McLeod Bethune was named one of America's fifty leading women by historian Ida Tarbell. Bethune was born in Maysville, South Carolina, in 1875. She studied at Scotia Seminary in North Carolina and at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. In 1904, Bethune founded the Bethune-Cookman College at Daytona Beach, Florida. A recipient of the Medal of Merit from the Republic of Haiti and the NAACP Spingarn Award, Bethune was president of the National Council of Negro Women and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. She was a principal advisor as well as a friend to President and Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt.