March is Women’s History Month. I’m a retired school teacher. I taught social studies for almost thirty years in the classroom. Woo, child, I still can’t believe it had been that long. I wanted to take some time to honor some of the women educators I admire.Today, I want to highlight a fellow South Carolinian, Mary McLeod Bethune.
Mary was born in Mayesville, South Carolina on July 10, 1875 to parents who had been slaves. She took an early interest in her own education. With the help of benefactors, Bethune attended college hoping to become a missionary in Africa.
Mary eventually became an American educator and civil rights leader. She is best known for starting a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, that today is now known as Bethune-Cookman University. This wonderful educator also became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This great lady passed away on May 18, 1955.
I’m so proud of her legacy as “The First Lady of The Struggle” due to her commitment to bettering African Americans. Here are a few quotes I like:
Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible. – Mary McLeod Bethune
Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough. – Mary McLeod Bethune
We have a powerful potential in out youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends. – Mary McLeod Bethune
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Tell me about your favorite teacher or educator in the comments.