• Michelle Smith

Amazing Melanated Mommies: 1

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

While African American history is too extraordinary to be summed up in a year, let alone a month, we will be celebrating phenomenal women who changed the world as we see it now all while raising children. If they can do it, so can we. Lets do it!!!

Mary McLeod Bethune was an African American and Civil Rights leader who was known as the “first lady of the struggle”. Born to enslaved parents, and the first in her family to attend school, Bethune strongly believed that education was the key to equal rights and founded the groundbreaking Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute (now known as the Bethune-Cookman College) in 1904. Truly ground-breaking and unlike any woman of her era, Bethune served as president of a university, opened a hospital, was CEO of a company, advised four U.S. presidents, and was chosen to attend the founding convention of the United Nations. Not only intelligent but a social butterfly, Mary Bethune became acquainted with the likes of Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, and Guggenheim as a means of financial support, creating a scholarship program for her foundation. Being very familiar with the struggles of being an African American woman, Bethune also served as president of the National Association of Colored Women and founded the National Council of Negro Women. The list goes on and on of accolades this super-hero acquired while simultaneously being a mother. Salute Mary Jane McLeod Bethune!Fun Fact: Mary Bethune carried a cane, not for support but for effect. She said it gave her “swank”. The original creator of “swag”!

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